Q: I found the launch of Google's new social network to be more stressful than anything else. It just reminded me of how many different networks and accounts I'm already juggling. I need some pointers on tying these sites together.
A: Well, there is one Chrome extension that does exactly what it says it will do. The aptly named "Add Facebook Events to Google Calendar" makes it so that you can quickly -- and easily! -- add any Facebook event to, you guessed it, your Google Calendar. All you need to do is click a link. In the screenshot to the right, you can see that link, which blends seamlessly into the other text links found on Facebook events pages.
When you are invited to an event -- or just stumble on one that looks like it could be a good time -- that you don't want to forget, click on the link and the event name, relevant dates and times, location, description, and even the link to the full Facebook entry are all copied into your existing Google Calendar. Before saving, you're given the option to preview the event and adjust SMS notifications.
Lifehacker, which first brought this extension to our attention, has previously called attention to a method for porting events from Facebook to Google Calendar, but that involved exporting and a lot of copying and pasting. This extension eliminates all of those steps and makes the process seamless. The only catch, of course, is that you have to be using Google's Chrome browser.
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This is just the latest in a series of posts we've done to tie your Google account to other services that you're already using. We have already taught you how to use Google Plus Nick to get a vanity URL for your Google+ profile, how to turn your favorite Google+ profiles into an Atom feed for easy reading, how to copy all of your Facebook photos to a Google+ profile, and how to sync your Instagram and Google+ accounts.
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Image: Add Facebook Events to Google Calendar.
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