Friday, December 3, 2010

Facebook vs Google

My interest in social media, especially the giants, has grown recently. So, I'll certainly share news and curiosities on here.

Turns out that Google and Facebook do not get along. Part of it maybe that about 10 percent of former Google employees have switched to Facebook. In the latest development of this saga, Google is banning Facebook from automatically importing Gmail data.

According to Google officials, they are only trying to match Facebook's practices. As it turns out, Facebook is more strict on privacy matters. Facebook only allows companies that have cut deals with them to import their data. Microsoft and Yahoo are examples of such companies.

A Google spokesperson told eWEEK, "It's important that when we automate the transfer of contacts to another service, users have some certainty that the new service meets a baseline standard of data portability. We hope that reciprocity will be an important step towards creating a world of true data liberation--and that this move will encourage other websites to allow users to automate the export of their contacts as well."

As you can see, the two Goliath's of social media don't get along too well. It's all about growth and revenue. As Facebook is increasing in popularity, Google is trying to slow it down. Some say that part of the reason is to give Google enough time to launch their own social network. The code name for such network? Google Me.

Ironically, that was one of my options for the name of this blog. Go figure.

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