The feud between Google and Facebook still ensues, as the social networking giant has reportedly removed Gmail as an option to find contacts.
Various reports indicate that Facebook removed Gmail as an option in the "Find Friends" feature. To verify the reports, we pulled up Facebook and discovered that Google was not providing contact information when the account's default email address was Gmail-based.
"Google did not return any of your contacts," the error reads. "You can still find your friends on Facebook by uploading a file of your Gmail contacts below."
When hitting the "Back" link at the bottom of the page, the resulting Find Friends page shows a list of 3rd-party clients including Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, AIM and more. What's missing from the list is Google's Gmail which was available as an option just days ago. Gmail has also been removed from Friendfeed.
According to Google, nothing has changed on its end however the Facebook error indicates otherwise. Google previously stated its annoyance with Facebook in that the data exchange was essentially a one-way street: it took but didn't give. Google then changed its terms of service and blocked Facebook's access to Google Contacts, forcing Facebook to either cough up more of its coveted user information, or remove Gmail as a 3rd-party Find Friends option.
Facebook figured out a way around Google's block, however Google was quick to catch on. Users trying to import Google Contacts information were taken to a message on Gmail.
"You have been directed to this page from a site that doesn't allow you to re-export your to other services, essentially locking up your contact data about your friends," Google said. "We think this is an important thing for you to know before you import your data there. Although we strongly disagree with this data protectionism, the choice is yours. Because, after all, you should have control over your data."
Now Gmail users can download their contact data and upload the file to Facebook. The site then determines the contacts who use both services and presents them in a list. TechCrunch reports that this option is now broken, however we successfully exported from Gmail, imported to Facebook, and spammed Gmail contacts with Facebook invitations (sorry Facebook peeps, it was a test). As it stands, this feature may remain indefinitely, or it may be in the process of slowly shutting down across the board.