Facebook Says: No Google Connect for You

The fledgling Google Friend Connect service lost one of its major selling points today, when Facebook announced:

Just as we’ve been forced to do for other applications that redistribute data in a way users might not expect or understand, we’ve had to suspend Friend Connect’s access to Facebook user information until it comes into compliance.

You’ll still be able to use your Google, LinkedIn, Hi5, or Orkut identity to log into Friend Connect sites – but without Facebook users, the reach of those sites is considerably lessened. Although Facebook’s reasons are couched in terms of respecting user privacy, there are other agendas here – like desperately hanging on to eyeballs to sell. Until and unless we see the rise of truly vendor-neutral frameworks for storing and sharing identity information, this sort of squabbling is bound to continue.