Facebook bans Google's Friend Connect

Facebook bans Google's Friend Connect

Summary: A few days ago, Google launched a new service called Friend Connect to help website owners make their stuff social without needing to do much work. This basically involves being able to host certain gadgets that use OpenSocial on a webpage by simply copy and pasting some code from Google.

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friendconnect-logo.gifA few days ago, Google launched a new service called Friend Connect to help website owners make their stuff social without needing to do much work. This basically involves being able to host certain gadgets that use OpenSocial on a webpage by simply copy and pasting some code from Google.

One of the down-sides of this new service is the fact it's difficult to completely customize your gadgets to match, and feel tightly integrated with your website -- this is because they are always hosted in what are called "iframes" on an external domain (at Google). As a side-effect, the data stored in these frames is impossible to gather due to restrictions put in place by every modern browser.

Now Facebook has banned Google because of privacy concerns according to their blog.

We’ve found that it redistributes user information from Facebook to other developers without users’ knowledge

Unless I'm missing something, Google has not "redistributed user information to other developers" at all -- that information is still safe and secure. As a web developer, it's impossible to mine this user information since the content is stored on an external domain.

Hold on a minute though. Now Facebook is a champion of privacy?

At Facebook, we always look out for the privacy of our users.

I guess people have already forgotten about the Beacon disaster -- How Facebook published users activity on third party websites without those users' consent, which led to an official apology from Mark Zuckerberg in December.

At first we tried to make [Beacon] very lightweight so people wouldn't have to touch it for it to work. The problem with our initial approach of making it an opt-out system instead of opt-in was that if someone forgot to decline to share something, Beacon still went ahead and shared it with their friends. -- Mark Zuckerberg

I wonder how long it will be before Google bans Facebook from gathering contact information stored in Gmail without those users' consent or knowledge?

Topics: Software Development, Browser, Google, Social Enterprise

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  • Social Networking Delima

    Well,

    It would be a little off topic but won't be that much ...as I feel that this step by Google "Friend Connect" is just another step in way of streamlining the Social Networking Blast that we have ..... With tons and tons of Social Networking Websites out there and more to come we need to have a common platform where we could interact.... Now in order to stay connected with everyone one have to make different accounts on differnt social Networking websites like face book, myspace and so on ...

    Considering this in mind the concept of "Ecadamy" comes into mind ....

    Well lets see what sort of reaction google will have to this face book Ban..


    Mark
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  • Who uses this 'Facebook' thing anyhow? Pfffffffft.

    nt
    D T Schmitz
    • actually

      A lot of people use facebook. I use it to connect with long lost friends & family as well. Sure it has a ton of annoying apps. But I just block the crap and set it up for the way I want it to work. Easy as pie!
      do it yourself IT
    • RE: Who uses this 'Facebook' thing anyhow? Pfffffffft.

      Can't say I'm particularly thrilled with it.
      Improper Username
  • Here we go.... It's the whole IM crap all over again...

    NT
    BitTwiddler
  • RE: Facebook bans Google's Friend Connect

    I wouldn't let my kids go up to strangers in the street and discuss their favourite past times, so why would i let them post it online... i wouldn't approach a friend of a friend in the street and start asking them what their favourite band is, so why would i do it online?
    Foxi
  • RE: Facebook bans Google's Friend Connect

    it is so easy to play with us sheeps ;-)
    samob