Surely you’ve had that roommate. You know the one. The one that leaves passive-aggressive notes on the fridge about how nice it would be if someone would do the dishes, and stuff. The worst, right?
Google is that roommate.
Perhaps threatened by Facebook being… well, being Facebook, Google has posted a new alert to users attempting to import their contact data. Check it out.
Ouch. ‘Trap my contacts’? Can we go over a couple of things, Google?
Firstly, er… Facebook DOES let you export your data. In fact, with a single click, you can download your entire profile. If you ask me, that counts as ‘control over my data’ (the inability of me to permanently delete my Facebook profile notwithstanding).
Secondly, ‘Register a complaint over data protectionism?’ What does that even mean? Register it where? You starting some sort of online petition or something? Since when do online petitions mean squat, anyway?
Thirdly, what the hell is this? College roommates? You’re bigger than that. Yes, we get that Facebook does allow export to Microsoft and Yahoo but not you, but come on, you’re freaking Google. You’re pretty capable – I mean, not at social networking, which you’ve failed like four times now, but who’s counting, right? I’m sure Google Me will be a winner, right? …Right?
What do you guys make of this? Is Google just being whiney? I mean, I’m no huge fan of Facebook myself, but I think Google’s just making a frowny face and being a grouch because it wasn’t invited to the data export party.