How authors can find friends on social networking sites
For authors thinking about setting up social networking profiles, one of the more time-consuming tasks will be accumulating friends on these sites. (Most of the time, friends need to be added one-by-one.) TechCrunch reports that Mr. Softee has just announced its Windows Live Contacts API that allows a user to import contacts from his or her Hotmail account to Bebo, Facebook, LinkedIn and other networking sites. (You can already do this for Facebook.)
I haven’t tried this particular Windows API (Application Programming Interface), but the way this type of thing works on Facebook is that the “Friend Finder” will go through your email address book (Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook, Yahoo, etc.) and list your contacts who are already on Facebook (who you can easily friend request en masse) as well as your contacts not already on Facebook (who you can email asking them to set up Facebook accounts). Much quicker than looking up people individually.
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