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					Aware of Facebook's strict terms of use, we speculated that the
Google+Facebook service would eventually be shut down. Apparently,
Facebook has already been actively blocking third party exporter tools
designed to export contacts into other sites like Google+. Although the
Google+Facebook app has not yet been shut down by Facebook
admininstrators, the social networking site has been busy shutting down
tools that allow Facebook users to export their friend into other sites.
The effort has been amped up since the inception of Google+. For example,
Open-Xchange, a service that allows Facebook users to export friend
details into other products and services (think of it like one huge
social address book), was blocked by the social network despite its claim
that it followed Facebook's Terms and Conditions to a T. We’re writing to
inform you that your app Connector for has been disabled for the
following violations: You cannot use a user’s friend list outside of your
application, even if a user consents to such use, but you can use
connections between users who have both connected to your application.
Our expectation is that developers do not provide users with poor
experiences, such as those resulting from inappropriate or misleading
content, privacy and security vulnerabilities, and general spam in the
Stream, Requests, and elsewhere. We appreciate your commitment to
improving the application ecosystem on Platform. The folks at Open-
Xchange are not only upset because Facebook banned what they believe is a
legitimate product, but also because they believe it's about controlling
personal information. "If you want to see what a future looks like where
a single company controls YOUR personal data for its own profit, this is
a glimpse," Rafael Laguna, Open-Xchange CEO, said in a statement.
"Clearly, Facebook management does not want you to have the ability to
take your personal information outside their walls to, say, Google+ and
will do everything in their power to stop you, including violating their
own terms and conditions," the CEO added. The Open-XChange tool goes
through the first 6,000 emails in an inbox for contacts and allows the
user to merge the address book into Apple iCal, Gmail, Google+, Facebook,
Outlook and others. Open-Xchange claims that it's not scraping email
addresses and that the same information is available on Facebook itself
by going to Account->Account Settings->Download Your Information in
the resulting friends.html file. The tool is built on Facebook's open
API. The CEO emphastically stated, "This is not about user experience. It
is about Facebook NOT wanting anyone to control their personal
information - except Facebook." Facebook also blocked a Google Chrome
extension called Facebook Friend Finder that allowed users to export
Facebook contacts by email address, a tool which became exceedingly
popular with the launch of Google+. Considering both Open Open-Xchange
and Facebook Friend Finder have been blocked since the inception of
Google+, it seems like only a matter of time until Google+Facebook is
also shut down (or blocked)in an attempt to keep the two social networks
separate or perhaps to thwart Google+'s success - even if it means
disregarding its own terms of service. Read

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