Facebook Increases Digital Lock-In Strategy Against Google+

Lat week I wrote about Facebook‘s response to tools that allow users to export their FB contact list to Google+. Facebook responded by blocking those tools. This week Facebook has redoubled its efforts by blocking yet another tool designed for similar purposes. In an excerpt from the article:

Fundamentally…there’s nothing stopping people from copying each e-mail address manually from Facebook. The problem crops up when such extraction is automated.

Which is why the Yahoo position is so peculiar. Anyone with a Yahoo Mail account can easily extract not only the names but the e-mail addresses of their Facebook friends. If you want to try this method, first open a fresh e-mail account at Yahoo. As soon as it’s created, you’ll get an option to import contacts from elsewhere, including Facebook. Choose that option, authorize the tool, and it’ll import the contacts.

 

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