Are Facebook & Google @ War?
Yesterday, I set up a Facebook fan page for my new online store. The Facebook share feature allows access to a long list of email platforms for importing contacts. Great, I thought, this will makes things easier, as I scanned the long list--Yahoo! was there and AOL-- but much to my surprise Gmail was “not supported.”
Besides the annoyance and disappointment that I could not connect my Gmail contacts to my new fan page--and isn’t this really counter to philosophy of Facebook, this screening-out of Gmail?-- the absence of Google Gmail gave credence to the Google vs Facebook headlines that have been popping up lately. Headlines containing predictions that 50% of Facebook users would leave Facebook for Google +, I had assumed hype and perhaps even fueled by Google’s own advertisements.
Apparently GOOGLE hasn’t even shared their Google+ user figures yet.
Another more useful Technobombs article takes us back to user preferences again, with a 2 column, side by side comparison of related features--column one lists Google + features and column 2 lists Facebook features.
A Mashable Article: “5 Free Tools for Recording Google+ Handouts(sic)”, offers five ways to record your “hangout” sessions in Google+, while waiting for Google to add that user feature.
But there is so much more going on than a feud based on user preferences and needs, or that the newer Google+ is competition for Facebook. Only insiders at Facebook and Google will have the current status on all that.
But, digging deeper, it seems that hackers love Google Chrome and have come up with a extensions for CHROME called Extended Share For GOOGLE Plus, which bring the Facebook wall and the Twitter news feed into view on your GOOGLE Plus page. Not only that, this new hacker app apparently allows posting to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and others from within Google+. That means that hackers have created a way to check or post to Facebook or Twitter without actually visiting those platforms. You can get Extended Share for Google + free, here.Continued on the next page