Is this a sign of things to come from Google (namely, an independent social network)? Now, Google will no longer allow Facebook to access a user's Gmail contacts to add to their friends' lists. Previously, Facebook users were prompted to cross-reference their Gmail contacts with Facebook users, discovering friends and acquaintances to add to their friend list.
Find out more about the news after the break.
Google's policy of openly allowing apps like Facebook to access a user's contacts has helped the social network grow quickly. Now, as rumors of Google's own social network are mounting, sources close to the matter say that Google has asked Facebook to provide similar open access to users' contacts and friends — and Facebook hasn't complied with the request. According to a Google spokesperson, the reason for the change is "the fact that users often aren't aware that once they have imported their contacts into sites like Facebook they are effectively trapped." With this change in policy, Google hopes to help "create a world of true data liberation."
Users will still be able to import their Gmail contacts to Facebook with a little work; just export contacts to your computer and then re-upload them to Facebook.