Google Stuck With Facebooks Move

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2010-11-10 Print this article Print

Not only did Facebook snub Google again, but it did so using Google's own API. Not only is Facebook's move embarrassing for Google, but it is in an untenable position: it can't very well disable its export API without looking hypocritical.

A Google spokesperson told eWEEK Nov. 9:

"We're disappointed that Facebook didn't invest their time in making it possible for their users to get their contacts out of Facebook. As passionate believers that people should be able to control the data they create, we will continue to allow our users to export their Google contacts."

In the comments section after a TechCrunch blog post on the matter Nov. 9, Facebook Platform engineer Mike Vernal ripped Google for being hypocritical.

Vernal noted that Google in October 2009 broke its own export tool by preventing its orkut social network users from exporting contact data to Facebook.

"We strongly hope that Google turns back on their API and doesn't come up with yet another excuse to prevent their users from leaving Google products to use ones they like better instead," Vernal wrote.

Search Engine Land's Danny Sullivan ripped Facebook, noting that Facebook lets Yahoo and Microsoft take its data under an agreement, but not Google through Gmail.

Google took the last shot at Facebook Nov. 10. When users of the social network move to import their contact information using Google's liberation tool on Facebook, they see this message:

"You have been directed to this page from a site that doesn't allow you to re-export your data to other services, essentially locking up your contact data about your friends," Google said. "So once you import your data there, you won't be able to get it out."

Grab some popcorn and stay tuned. This battle is far from over.



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