Uploading Contacts to Twitter from Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL

By Kyle Lacy

The best way to begin marketing on Twitter is to start with people you already know. So it make sense to export the contacts in your e-mail address books. After you export your contacts to a .csv file or a vCard, follow these steps to upload the contacts to your Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL e-mail account, and then upload the contacts to Twitter:

  1. Log into your mail account if you already have one.

    You can easily create a Gmail or Yahoo!. Look for a Sign Up link or button. If you use AOL, you should already have an AOL e-mail account.

  2. Import your contacts from the .csv or vCard file.

    In Gmail:

    1. Click Contacts in the navigation pane on the left.

      Your list of contacts appears.

    2. Click Import Contacts.

      The next page lets you select the .csv or vCard file to upload.

    3. Click the Browse button and find the file on your desktop. Click OK/Open.

      At this point, you’re ready to import your contacts.

    4. Click the Import button.

    In Yahoo! Mail:

    1. Click the Contacts link in the menu on the left side of the page.

      This loads all your Yahoo! Mail contacts in a new tab on the right side of the page.

    2. Click the Tools button at the top of the window and select Import.

      This lets you set up Yahoo! Mail to import your contacts in multiple formats and from multiple sites.

    3. Click the type of file or site you want to import, click the Choose File button to find the file on your computer, and click the Import Now button.

      At this point, all your contacts are imported into Yahoo! Mail.

    4. Click the Tools menu again and select Clean Up Duplicates to eliminate any duplicate e-mail addresses.

    In AOL:

    1. Click the Contacts link on the menu on the left side of the page.

      As with Yahoo! Mail, AOL loads all your contacts on the right side of the page.

    2. Click the Tools button and select Import at the top of the window.

      This lets you choose between .csv, .txt, and LDIF files with your contacts.

    3. Select the type of file you want to import, click the Browse button to find the file, and then click the Import button.

      You’re all set with your contacts loaded in AOL mail.

  3. Log in to your Twitter account and click the Who to Follow link.

    This page lets you find current Twitter users by searching for them by name and importing your contacts from Gmail, Yahoo!, LinkedIn, or AOL; inviting them by e-mail; or choosing among users suggested by Twitter.

  4. Click the Browse Interests tab.

    The Browse Interests page opens. You have the ability to find people who have the same interests as you. Just select a topic you are interested in.

  5. Click the Find Friends tab.

    You’re prompted to click the provider you would like to use to import contacts and enter your e-mail address and password for your account so that Twitter can import your contacts from your e-mail contact list.

  6. Click the Follow button to the right of the picture, name, and bio of people you want to follow.

    This adds the people you selected to your Following list.

Now you’re following those people. Depending on their settings, they get e-mail notifications that you’re following them, and hopefully, they’ll follow you back.