Q: I finally have my own page set up on Google's new social network, but now I'm overwhelmed; I feel like I have to rebuild entire profiles. Is there a way to copy some of what I already have on Facebook over to Google+?
A: In this, just the latest of the Google Plus-related hacks that we're bringing to your attention at the Toolkit (we have already taught you how to use Google Plus Nick to get a vanity URL for your profile and how to turn your favorite Google+ profiles into an Atom feed for easy reading), we're going to teach you how to move all of your Facebook photos over to Picasa, which will soon become Google Photos in a massive rebranding effort that the search giant has promised to undertake.
Built by Aman Kumar Jain, a Pune-based Web developer, with AmiWorks, Move2Picasa (makes sense, right?) is a service that recently launched, specifically in the wake of the Google+ launch, that makes the process of porting all of your Facebook photos over to the competing service incredibly simple. All you need is a Google Chrome browser, which you can download for free and delete after using the service if you find that you just can't give up Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer (shame on you).
Download the browser (or open it, if you already have it on your primary computer), navigate to the Move2Picasa page and install the Chrome extension, and then use Facebook Connect to allow the service to access your photo albums. You'll get your Facebook photos copied over to Google+ in a hurry, but there aren't many options for you to tinker with. Two caveats: It's all or nothing -- you can't copy individual photographs or albums -- and you're going to lose all of your comments and captions in the move.
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