..will no longer share social data directly with Facebook unless Facebook shares back.
As posted by Jason Kincaid at TechCrunch, Google (GOOG) has changed its Contacts API terms of service for developers who want to access your Google Contacts information. The changes affect data portability and specifically reciprocity between sites…and it is aimed directly at Facebook.
Facebook can’t agree to those terms because they don’t allow their users to export their social graph, let alone let Google do it automatically. Recently, Facebook agreed to allow its users to download everything that they’ve ever uploaded to Facebook in a Zip format. But this doesn’t include contact information.
That being said, there are ways for users to view their contacts from external applications. Interestingly, on Android, users can download and sync Facebook contacts into the address book and make them part of the contact list. As Facebook contacts change phone numbers or addresses, they change in your address book.
It will be interesting to see if Facebook continues to let Android users do this now that Google has taken action on the Contacts API.
Last week, Mark Zuckerberg called Google obnoxious for hiring the developer who was working on the Android Facebook app, thus slowing down the development of Facebook on Android.
So is this the technology equivalent to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand? Probably not.
Facebook hasn’t commented yet, Google’s statement on the matter is below: