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6/12/09
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mikelynch76

fbCal added, but not showing in Google Calendar

I am trying to use fbCal to add birthdays from Facebook to my calendar.  The URL provided by fbCal works fine in Outlook, but does not show anything when added to my Google Calendar.  Other public calendars I have added are displaying properly, so it appears to only be a problem with fbCal and more specifically on Google's end.  It has been 4 days, so the common complaints about slow syncing does not seem to apply in this case.  

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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alexlc13
6/19/09
alexlc13
I'm having the exact same problem. It's very frustrating!!
Google user
6/21/09
Google user
Same problem with me also!
mikedill24
6/26/09
mikedill24
I'm having the same problem as well.  The following note from Google states to send them the URL for the calendar and they'll investiage but does anyone know where to send it?  I've been checking all over this site and can't find an email address.
 
marvel80
6/26/09
marvel80
same problem here!
Benji-Bar
6/29/09
Benji-Bar
I am having the same issue also... does this just not work!?
PhillyBobM
6/30/09
PhillyBobM
Ok, here's an odd little procedure that I've had partial success with -- looks like a possible incompatibility between the google ics interpreter and the fbCal ics formatting.  Perhaps this will be useful to fbCal/Google as a diagnostic.

(1) set up the calendar in Google as you normally would using fbCal ("F");
(2) go into the settings for F, and click on the fbcalendar.com url, which will cause you to download an .ics file;
(3) open this .ics file in Word or another program capable of saving in various flavors of txt (not notepad);
(4) save it as text, and when asked what type of text, select Windows (I don't know offhand what the equivalents would be under Mac or Linux; sorry --basically you've got to get line breaks represented in a particular way there);
(5) rename the extension to .ics,
(6) create a new calendar in google and upload the modified .ics file into that calendar (you probably don't want to upload it into an existing calendar, or you'll make a mess)

That should do it as far as getting it into google; of course, it's manual, and kind of a pain, and would have to be periodically updated as you get new FB friends.

I don't know yet whether the this manually-created calendar will then sync to my iphone, but if there's a problem, that's another issue.
PhillyBobM
7/1/09
PhillyBobM
Well, I was having problems getting these calendars to sync with my iphone, though they got into google alright.  I was using it for birthdays only, which are all-day events.  There begins the issue.  The .ics file I had from fbCal denoted all-day events as follows:

DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:19700508
DTEND;VALUE=DATE:19700508

in other words, the start and end dates are the same (above, May 8, 1975)

Google, or at least the iphone, expects the end date of an all-day event to be one day later, or as follows:

DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:19700508
DTEND;VALUE=DATE:19700509

With a little tweaking, I produced an ics file that would sync between google and my iphone.

Sorry to go off-topic, but it seems like the issues are not completely unrelated, and have to do with getting the full utility out of the fbCal-Google connection (and for me, Google Cal has got to talk to my iphone over exchange).

mikedill24
7/2/09
mikedill24
I sent an email to the developer of fbCal & here was his reply:

=========================
Thank you for reporting. Yes there is a problem with Google Calendar and we are in touch with them. The Google team was able to reproduce the error and is working on it to fix it. They told us not to change anything on our side as it was Google Calendar related. I know it does not help you very much, but we cannot do anything else at the moment. We are waiting for their feedback. Frédéric
=========================

So, Google is aware of it, its just a waiting game now.
jweinstein
7/7/09
jweinstein
Any more news from Google on this?
mikedill24
7/10/09
mikedill24
Hello All,
 
Just wanted to let you know, if you're subscribing to this thread, I noticed today all my friends' birthdays are on my Google Calendar (and my Pre).  Looks like Google fixed the problem.
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adetoye50
5/27/10
adetoye50
Please can some tell me the link to contact Google Calendar,my Task,Projects,Events and all other entries just disappear this will be my third time i am in this troubleshooting, can some one over there please tell me the link to contact google about this problems.

Thanks,

adetoye50
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