Facebook Creates Sneaky Way To Suck In Gmail Contacts

Google recently closed off Facebook’s access to import Gmail contacts. Google felt that if Facebook was able to import its Gmail contacts that Google should be able to import from Facebook. Since that wasn’t going to happen, Google pulled the plug on its Facebook integration.

To counter this Google move, Facebook added instructions to its site on how to do a workaround.

This is what I did:

1. Noticed the “Find More Friends” section on my Facebook profile

2. Clicked on the “Find Friends” button.

3. Facebook brings up a mini window which churns then redirects me to a “Find Your Friends” page which has instructions on how to download my Gmail contacts then re-upload them to be processed. SNEAKY!

This is the Find Your Friends page view:

Facebook Gmail Import Flow

It will be interesting to see if Facebook experiences a dip in new users after the Google move despite Facebooks workaround. What do you think, will it have an effect on Facebook numbers?

Photo credit: Ludovico Cera on Flickrlicense

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2 Responses to Facebook Creates Sneaky Way To Suck In Gmail Contacts

  1. Ariel says:

    This is just the beginning of the battle for world domination by these two. It will be interesting to see what happens. I think in the short term facebook won’t be affected but it will have an impact in the long term.

    Good post!

    • Jesse Luna says:

      @Ariel, yes, it’s definitely “on” between Facebook and Google. I think if we could see Facebook’s user sign up stats that there’d be a slight dip after the Google move, but I’m sure they’ll shift their tools to take advantage of other ways to slurp up new users. It will also be interesting to see if Google starts taking this position with other major sites. ~Jesse

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