Google vs. Facebook: User Data Battle Continues

Since when have you ever given someone something without getting something in return? Well it seems as though Google had been doing that for some time. If you think that Facebook actually relies on a base for each user having contacts connected to their email address be it from Gmail or any other network they always want you to import your contacts and connect to people in that way. So what Google plan to do is not allow the data to be imported unless they are getting something out of it as well.

Is this just a case of Google vs Facebook? I believe it is, it’s the worlds most dominant search engine facing off against the worlds largest social media network. I believe this is because Google are trying to become big in the world of social networking and unusually for Google are currently failing to do so.

If you think, Google are potentially loosing out to Facebook in so many ways, I know I have a Facebook account and a Gmail account, but when I am mailing my friends, I use the Facebook instant messenger or even the Facebook messages functionality. Again… Facebook 1 Google 0.

So what has Google said? Here are a few statements that were given by Google “We have decided to change our approach slightly to reflect the fact that users often aren’t aware that once they have imported their contacts into sites like Facebook, they are effectively trapped.” and “We will no longer allow websites to automate the import of users’ Google Contacts (via our API) unless they allow similar export to other sites.” Head across to reuters.com to read the full article, really interesting stuff from Alexei Oreskovic.

If this story interested you then you may also like to read about the possible worries for Google’s social networking effort and whether or not Facebook should be worried.

What do you think of this? Good move on Google’s part? I think it is but let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

  • http://liveinbrisbane.blogspot.com Alex G

    For twitter like messages, Facebook is enough.
    If you send real emails and trying to keep a conversation going Gmail is 10 time better.
    With features like Priority Inbox and automatic translation is way ahead of the basic messaging that Facebook offers. Gmail:1 – Facebook:0
    I think it is a necessary move.

  • Konstantinos

    THE SUN RISE FOR EVERYONE

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000931113512 Jaysie Justiniano

    MY OPINION IS LIKE MYSPACE IS A DINOSAUR AND DESERTED SINCE FACEBOOK FIRST APPEARED AND FACEBOOK IS A SOCIAL NETWORK AFTER ALL AND I LOVE FACEBOOK U VISIT IT EVERY DAY TALK TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS ALL AT THE SAME TIME. LIKE ANY OTHER NETWORK FEARS THAT THEIR NETWORK WILL BECOME ABS ELITE OR MORE YET A GHOST TOWN.DON'T GET ME WRONG I LOVE GOOGLE ITS DOES WHAT IT DOES INFORMATION OF EVERYTHING WE NEED , BUT ONE THING THAT COMES TO MIND FACEBOOK PROTECT US FROM UNDESIRED SITES AND GRUESOME ATTACKS FROM CHILD MOLESTERS TO TERRORIST POSTING VIDEOS ON THE WEB EXECUTING SOLDIERS ONLINE LIVE.IN FACEBOOK YOU CAN BLOCK PEOPLE WHO ARE PERVERT AND DO MUCH MORE THERE . IN YAHOO AND GOOGLE NEED TO IMPROVE IN THOSE FEATURES IN PROTECTING AND BLOCKING SITE LIKE THOSE I SPOKE OF. I SAW SOMEONE ONE SURFING THROUGH THE WEB AND THAT PERSON WENT TO THIS SITE WHERE THEY SHOW A PERSON HAVING INTERCOURSE WITH A DEAD BODY I IMMEDIATELY YELL AT THE PERSON AND THE PERSON RAN OUT OF A COFFEE SHOP . AFTER HE RAN I THREW UP I COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT THIS SITES EXIST AND IT GAVE NIGHTMARES. SO YEAH GOOGLE AND OTHER NETWORKS NEED TO IMPROVE . OTHER WISE FACEBOOK WILL BE THE ONLY NETWORK TO ALWAYS COME ON TOP.

    • http://www.facebook.com/salahu3 Prince Cyt Jr.

      Shut up people go on what ever they want to go on who cares what facebook and google think, Besides i like gross stuff.

  • :)

    facebook killt google a billion to 12 on social networkin and to mobile capabilites and etc. FACEBOOK 1 GOOGLE 0

  • andrew blignaut

    I think it is a very good move on googles part. Facebook has become extremely unsecure and the data on facebook was putting google users at a risk. As a Google user I am very glad that facebook has done this. I had quit facebook about a few weeks back due to privacy issues and am waiting for MyCube or Diaspora to release as they seem much more secure