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Facebook Gets What?

Recently, Google made the announcement that it would “ websites like Facebook” based on lack of data reciprocity.  Facebook, however, found a workaround for users to transfer contact information from Google’s email client, Gmail, by providing their users a two-step solution by adding a link that allows users to first move Gmail contacts to a computer and then in step two the contacts are uploaded to Facebook.  “Surrendering to defeat, Google replied that ‘[a]s 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.’”  The initial act of turning off Gmail’s data feed is speculated to be borne out of a deal struck between Facebook and Microsoft that allows user data to power the Bing search engine, Google’s competitor.

FacebookAmidst the data dispute, now reports that ‘someone familiar with the subject’ has announced to the press that Facebook will unveil at an invitation only special event on Monday “across-the-board” changes to their messaging system.  The changes “introduce a full-fledged Web-based email product… Death of Gmailalong with providing users @facebook.com email addresses.”  It is speculated that this move could escalate competition between the social media giant of 500,000,000 plus users – Facebook, and Google who controls approximately two-thirds of the search market world-wide.

Could Facebook’s changes to their messaging system eventually cause the death of Gmail?  Stay tuned!

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A Disappointed Google Blocks Data Transfer to Facebook

FacebookIn an age of high technology, smart-phones and mobile tablet computing, transferability of data from one machine to another is extremely important for many reasons, the most important of them being convenience. Google, in an insulted tantrum and need to let its discontent and disappointment be known throughout the Internet, recently announced that it will turn off its popular email client’s data feed to social media websites like Facebook.

Contacts stored in Google’s Gmail will no longer be automatically transferred to others unless the site that requests access provides reciprocal data. Analysts speculate Google’s decision to turn off Gmail’s data feed is directly related to a deal struck between Facebook and Microsoft that allows user data to power the Bing search engine, Google’s competitor. Facebook, with 500 million users and growing, has been extremely selective in forging business relationships and has yet to strike a deal with Google, the largest search engine in the United States and quite possibly, the world, over data sharing.

GmailUnreachable for comment, Facebook responded to Google’s decision to block the export of contact information from Gmail by providing their users a two-step solution by adding a link that allows users to first move Gmail contacts to a computer and then in step two the contacts are uploaded to Facebook. Surrendering to defeat, Google replied that "[a]s 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."

Could Google finally have come to the realization that it just may no longer be “the next best thing?”

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