There is a lot at stake with Google’s beta release of Google +. The reports and reviews so far are glowing and the select few that have access all seem excited about the new product. For the first time Facebook may be dealing with competition from a superior product.
There is a Chrome Facebook Friend Exporter plugin that Facebook has blocked. There is a lot at stake and niether side is expected to play nice. Google is poised to steal away a sizable portion of Facebook’s clients and if successful they may destroy Facebook.
Facebook is actively trying to block Facebook Friend Exporter, a Google Chrome extension that lets you export the list and contact info of your Facebook friends for use in other services, the extension developer Mohamed Mansour claims.
“Facebook is trying so hard to not allow you to export your friends. They started to remove emails of your friends from your profile by today July 5th 2011. (The extension) will no longer work for many people,” Mansour wrote on the extension’s homepage.
The Facebook Friend Exporter is a simple tool that lets you grab phone numbers, e-mails and other data from your Facebook friends, and directly import them into Google Contacts. The current version doesn’t work anymore, but the author promises to build and maintain new version that uses a different design.
Facebook clients seem to ready to bolt, and American subscribers were already showing signs of boredom with the product.
too bad they blocked the friend exporter, and glad I used it first! Facebook may win because everyone is already on it… But it may lose for the same reason… I didn’t like their whole response to G+ today. They implied ‘groups’ is the same as ‘circles’, but it’s way different.
I finally got into G+ and there is a lot to like about it. While G+ still needs some work I had to remind my self it is still early Beta. The Cell phone integration is very well done. Needs better private messaging, and web log support.