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In your Face—book

As of last night, you can export your Facebook contacts. How come? Thanks to another wave of the slapfighting going on between Google and Facebook. Thank you, whoever is behind this (Google?).

Facebook Doesn’t Own My Friends is a Chrome extension to export your Facebook friends’ contact data.

Despite what Facebook says, if someone is your “friend” and you can see his/her email address on his/her Facebook info, they are probably OK with you emailing them.

Facebook doesn’t let you export this data, so they expect you to click on each of your friends’ pages, copy their email address (or other contact information), and paste it into your email client. Kind of ridiculous? Yes.

Facebook Doesn’t Own My Friends will let you export all (or some) of your friends’ contact info, to CSV or directly to your Google Contacts (GMail).

Advice? Do it – while you can.

[Via Techcrunch]

Just Google It

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I love this meme. You know that feeling when someone ask you a questions that you know they can find an answer to in 3 minutes on Google? But, no, they want your 3 minutes it’ll take you to find the answer for them and then they want you to put it neatly into an email or whatnot communication form to deliver them an answer still warm and fluffy.

There are at least 2 services for people who come across those other people who can’t use or can’t be bothered to use Google. If you want to be somewhat polite and ‘educational’ you can use Let Me Google That For You, which creates a walk through Google search session. If you want to take it a notch higher, you can use Just Fucking Google It. The site is a display about using Google or rather how stupid it is not to be using it.

[Via Ben]

The evolution of search

Search has been evolving for a good while, but in the last few months it seems to be moving at an even quicker pace. Things started hyper-budding at Google last year with its November introduction of SearchWiki, an added feature that allows ratings, comments and editing of personal search results. Since then Google has also started getting clever with data: the use of rich snippets allows Google to come up with extra information that falls into a search’s context. Another upcoming Googleism is Google Squared, a feature meant to appear in labs soon. Much like Wolfram Alpha, it’s meant to be a fact- rather than a site-search engine and ‘automatically fetch and organize facts from across the Internet.’ To go even further, Search Options (shown at the beginning of the post) and a new search engine Bing from Microsoft allow to divide search results into several categories ranging from timelines to whether a search item is user-generated or regular media.

Apart from the increasingly semantic features of Google search there are also really interesting social trends emerging through clever-headed digital start-ups. Glue is a semantic browser extension that adds several interesting new features that enable a social dimension to sites such as Amazon or Imdb through using services such as Facebook Connect and Twitter. The idea is really interesting and this could prove to be a very useful service, but as with many social services, unless it gains more momentum on the number of members, i.e. providing me and you with ‘friends’, it lacks its primary ‘social’ value. Another service on the social side of search is Aardvark, which ‘helps people find what they want online by asking others who know the subject matter best—and who are likely to weigh in with a helpful response.’

[Via ReadWriteWeb and Business Week]

search + data = information

Google is probably the single most common point of start for research in any sphere. Google’s mission of organising the web is still making our lives easier every day. Now Google is heading down the road of making public data searchable, comparable and available as visualisations. Right now the available data includes unemployment  and population rates from around the US, but Google says it’s only a start on what’s meant to become available. The visualisations include interactive charts that allow sets of data to be included or excluded from comparisons. Amazing stuff.

I would love to see something like this become available for European states and developing countires, whether through getting hold of sets of government data or for a start through a compilation of public bits of research such as the CIA Factbook. The linguistic barriers can be a problem, but with the increasing accuracy of Google’s automated translation software, this seems like a viable future development.

[Via ReadWriteWeb and Google blog]