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I usually give Facebook the benefit of the doubt in its various wars with the press and users, particularly around privacy issues. Mostly because user expectations around privacy are changing in real time.
Google recently added a caustic warning message when users attempt to export their Google Contacts to Facebook: Hold on a second. Are you super sure you want to import your contact information for your friends into a service that won’t let you get it out?
A week ago, Google made changes to its Terms of Service that effectively blocked Facebook from importing a user's data from Google without offering reciprocity. Ever since, the two companies have duked it out in public , with public statements, comments on blog posts and even a warning that Facebook would "trap" your data . We spoke with a few members of the data portability community to see what they had to say about the debate between these two big companies and what it means for the rest of us. It's a Game of Strategy Eve Maler (aka XMLgrrl ), host of the User-Managed Access group among other things, started off by reminding us that "Facebook's end-users are not its customers; they're the product."
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Mark Zuckerberg's favorite phrase is "social graph." In nearly every public appearance, the Facebook founder describes his company as a kind of cartographer on an endless mission to build an ever larger, more comprehensive, and more accurate map of humanity.
Back in February we wrote about Facebook’s secret Project Titan — a web-based email client that we hear is unofficially referred to internally as its “Gmail killer”.