fbCal, Facebook's missing Calendar
feature, is a slick little Facebook application that delivers the goods.
After allowing it access to my Events and configuring which ones I want to see,
fbCal went to work. The result was a custom iCalendar Feed that I could easily
plug into the iCalendar Feed-friendly Calendaring app. Lucky for me, Lotus
Notes 8.5 was up to the task and within a few mouse clicks, I had all of my
upcoming Facebook Events neatly entered into my Lotus Notes Calendar.
How easily, you ask?
Your first step would be to go
to http://www.fbcal.com/ and complete their step-by-step
directions. The site explains:
In order to get
your calendars, you must first log into Facebook and give permission to fbCal
to access information. You'll have 2 steps that you have to confirm in
- Allow Access
- Allow offline
A few clicks here, and you're
presented with their iCalendar Feed configuration form:
Once you complete the form -- setting
your time zone, what information that you're pulling into your Lotus Notes
Calendar, etc. -- right-click on the iCal option from the fbCal form
and copy the link address (as illustrated above). This will be a
webcal:// URL to your specific Facebook Events iCalendar
Now, from the Lotus Notes 8.5 Client, open your Lotus
Calendar and select Add a Calendar... from the left-hand
When prompted with the Add a Calendar dialog,
select iCalendar Feed from the Add drop-down menu and enter
the webcal:// URL for your fbCal iCalendar Feed.
calendar entries to your preference, and a simple OK finishes the
The result: your Facebook Events will now show as
Calendar Entries in your Lotus Notes Calendar!
And it works great! You can
easily toggle the entries from your Lotus Notes Calendar allowing you to
declutter as needed. Need to make changes to your settings or remove
the imported Facebook iCalendar Feed from your Lotus Notes Calendar? You'll now
see your Facebook Events under the Show Calendars section of
your Lotus Notes Calendar navigator:
(Originally posted at dominoGuru.com @ Sync your Facebook Events
(and Friends Birthdays) to your Lotus Notes 8.5 Client Calendar)