Hello, Facebook friends

Facebook LogoAfter weeks of trying (in vain) to get Windows Live to invite my Facebook friends, this morning it finally seems to be working properly. Maybe it’s just coincidence, but I upgraded to the IE8 release candidate last night. If nothing else, perhaps my latest offering appeased the gods of technology, so they decided to smile on me for once. It feels better than the usual smiting I get from them.

Anyhow, adding Facebook friends is easy:

  1. On the right-hand side of the Windows Live Home page, click Add People.

  2. On the Add People page, click Facebook and click Ú.

  3. In the Login | Facebook pop-up window, enter your Facebook credentials. Windows Live retrieves your Facebook friends in 2 groups: those who already use Windows Live but aren’t currently in your network (it should be a no-brainer for them to add you), and then those who don’t yet have a Windows Live account (a decidedly more difficult sell).

  4. For each group, select those who you’d like to invite (please be selective), and click Next. You can also bypass a group altogether by clicking Skip This Step.

  5. If you’d like to give the invitations a more personal touch (as personal as a bulk invite can be), enter a message, decide how to categorize your soon-to-be new Windows Live People contacts, and click Send Invitation.

I was surprised to see how many of my Facebook friends (17) already use Windows Live! Hopefully, I’ll have many new friends in my Windows Live network soon, or I’ll be branded a social pariah for annoying them with my request. Either way, it’s pretty cool, eh?

– Greg

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