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.
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