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Facebook vs. Google fight turns Nasty

Discussion in 'Social Networks' started by commodityfever, Aug 5, 2011.

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    Welcome to a new level skullduggery in the growing war between Facebook and Google.

    At stake is one of the most valuable data sets in existence: The social graph. It's a map of the connections between you and everyone you interact with. Facebook has it. Google has pieces of it, and wants more. That puts the two companies on a collision course.

    Stealth war: Last week, Burson began to circulate e-mails alleging that Google is using a little-known Gmail feature called Social Circles "to scrape and mine social sites from around the web ... and share that information" without users' knowledge or consent.

    The campaign started to unravel on May 3, when Burson pitched the idea to influential privacy blogger Christopher Soghoian.

    In its e-mail to Soghoian, the firm offered to "assist in the drafting" of an op-ed piece and pitch the article to media outlets including the Washington Post, Politico, and the Huffington Post.

    Soghoian replied: "Who is paying [you] for this?" The Burson rep wouldn't disclose who had hired the firm, and Soghoian promptly posted the e-mail exchange online.

    Three days later, USA Today posted an article about Burson's "whisper campaign" for "an unnamed client." The article also noted that two ex-journalists -- former CNBC tech reporter Jim Goldman and former political columnist John Mercurio -- were leading the Burson campaign.

    A growing battle: Google likes to downplay the idea that Facebook is a threat. At the World Economic Forum in January, then-CEO Eric Schmidt insisted that Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500), not Facebook, is Google's real concern: "Facebook's ads business does not displace our advertising. I'm somewhat perplexed by the obsession, because I don't think the facts support it."

    But for a company whose stated mission is to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible," Facebook's massive data trove on personal relationships makes it a clear competitor.

    And one it plans to challenge head-on. Sources close to Google say the company is developing a direct Facebook competitor, a stealth project engineers jokingly refer to as "Googbook."
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    Google has experimented with many social-networking tools. Some, like last year's infamous Buzz, backfired and were scrapped. Others have emerged as "social layers" atop other products. Its newest venture -- the one Facebook attacked -- tracks the "paths" that connect Gmail users through outside networks like Twitter and LinkedIn.

    New CEO Larry Page is clearly committed to stepping up Google's social game. An all-staff memo sent out last month, first reported by Business Insider, puts employees on notice that a chunk of their annual bonus this year will be tied to how well Google does this year at executing on its social strategy.

    Google's employees are taking note. And so, clearly, is Facebook.

    -CNNMoney staff writer David Goldman and CNN's Amanda Hobor contributed to this report

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    commodityfever, Aug 5, 2011 IP
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  2. yester123

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    thanks for sharing...... Its a great news. 
     
    yester123, Aug 5, 2011 IP
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    Good read... 
     
    ParentingCoachLisa, Aug 5, 2011 IP
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    I think that this war between facebook and google should be stopped because both are entirely different. The former one is a social networking site and the later one is a search engine. Both are essential for internet users.
     
    James US, Aug 5, 2011 IP
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    I totally forgot about Google Buzz!?! lol
     
    jvfconsulting, Aug 5, 2011 IP
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    i think there will be a star wars again between google and Facebook  very soon. 
     
    xenon121, Aug 5, 2011 IP
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    Google+ is Buzz done right. Hopefully it'll turn in something more useful.
     
    DR_GIGGULS, Aug 6, 2011 IP
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    yeah it is very rare that any product of google fails. They are great.
     
    joshtimber, Aug 11, 2011 IP
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    well google buzz was a failure when they directly wanted to compete against facebook. So now they are trying to compete with facebook again.
     
    maidos, Aug 14, 2011 IP
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    It was bound to happen. Information is king, and these two beasts do it the best.
     
    brian cashins, Aug 16, 2011 IP
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    I wouldn't say that, Buzz was a waste of time. Full stop.
     
    JPMiddleton, Aug 17, 2011 IP
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    The fight would turn nasty, I could see the writingon the wall eversince the launch of Google +1.
     
    unknownpray, Aug 26, 2011 IP
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    Who can predict what will happen after 2 years later,,,who will win the battle, google + or facebook ?
     
    China Morden Lifestyle, Aug 29, 2011 IP