Social networking site has probably been one of the most exclusive goal for Google but still Orkut doesn’t seems to give any competition to the most popular social networking site Facebook. So nowadays lots of rumours are coming that Google is running a project and building its own social networking site named “Google Me” with the basic idea to wage war against Facebook.
These rumours started coming from a tweet from Digg co-founder Kevin Rose and now various web sites are declaring that it is actually a real project. Google has indeed started making moves to give an onset for the war.
As you all must be knowing that Facebook has inbuilt options using which you can import contacts from any of the mail servers like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail etc. but from now onwards unfortunately, you won’t be able to load your Gmail contacts on Facebook directly as the biggest search engine has decided to stop users to connect to the Gmail from Facebook.
This move has made world largest and most popular social network to use Google’s Contact API. Google has made this move to block Facebook only as most other popular network sites allows users to pull their contacts and email information to other sites including Gmail but till now Facebook has no such feature to add your Facebook buddies information directly to Google.
Google stated that they have a special data liberation engineering team which is working only for building import and export tools for users and if they and many other sites allows to import and export the contacts information easily that why not some of the left ones enables this option.
They have also clearly stated “[W]e will no longer allow websites to automate the import of users’ Google Contacts (via our API) unless they allow similar export to other sites.” Although they didn’t named Facebook in their statement but their basic idea is to target on Facebook only.
This move has probably made by Google so that the biggest social networking site Facebook fall before the biggest search engine Google and allow their new social network Google Me to attract users from Facebook easily as if Facebook fall then any new user on Google Me can add all his buddies directly to this new network amicably.
Although it is a great move by Google, but I don’t think so that Facebook would ever fall on this Google’s move.