Larry Page Takes a Facebook Search Engine Seriously

    May 22, 2012
    Drew Bowling
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Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page appeared on Charlie Rose’s talk show Monday night to to talk about goings-on in the internet lands. Inevitably, Rose asked Page about the delicate co-existence that Google maintains with Facebook.

Google and Facebook have played the dueling pianos of the internet for years now, but it seems lately Google’s been taking Facebook to task for being a walled garden – at least when it comes to the social networking’ site’s regard to Google, that is. Page elaborated, “I think it’s unfortunate that Facebook has been pretty closed with their data. We are in the business of searching data and we generally don’t turn it down when it’s offered to us. I think in general we would like to see content made more open.”

In the interview, Page recounts Facebook’s habit of allowing users to import Gmail contacts to find people yet Facebook doesn’t reciprocate the courtesy. Page actually says that Facebook “holds its users hostage.” Yowch.

Google personel haven’t really made any secret over their contempt for Facebook’s hoarding of user information when Facebook’s been crawling Gmail contacts for years. Sergey Brin, Google’s other co-founder, recently told the Guardian that Facebook’s business practices are so restrictive that it hinders the open web and stunts innovation and development.

Page recalled that they told Facebook “we only participate with companies that offer reciprocity… and we’re still waiting”. Asked if they might (reciprocate) in the future, Page commented, “I hope so and I imagine that they will be forced to eventually if they don’t choose to.”

Page also talks with Rose about the legitimacy of a Facebook search engine and what that could mean to Google.

Rose: So are your worried or not worried about Facebook’s competition in search?

Page: It’s something that we take seriously just like we do social media.

Check out the segment below. (For some reason, the sound doesn’t kick in till 0:09, though conveniently right when Rose asks Page about a Facebook search engine. It also cuts out with a few second left, but you’ll still get the beef between the bread.)

  • http://www.madrasgeek.com Srivathsan G.K

    Google is very much serious about Facebook search engine. The Facebook should kill the EVIL Google and their activities. They want to dominate every one in Search and Social. Wish Facebook dominates Google in search. Because, facebook search will be completely interest based results, as all our facebook data such as likes, interest, status updates, places that we checkin should be put to use and create interest based search. KILL GOOGLE !

  • xtremetoonz

    I’m missing something. Google wants access to what data? Private data that FB users want kept where it is? Does Google expect to get access to my data without me giving them permission? As for “crawling Gmail contacts,” isn’t that only done if a user gives FB access to do it? Anybody can do that. It’s their email account to give whomever access they want (and not sure why they would give access to FB, but that’s not the point here). Also, are there thousands of FB apps that gain access to your data if you give them permission? Why doesn’t Google do that?

    • John

      He is saying.. Why not return the favor of the import contact to Google after they have been allowing Facebook to do it for years? I’m sure there will be a prompt to allow the data transfer…

  • http://www.php-developer.org/ Codex-m

    “Sergey Brin, Google’s other co-founder, recently told the Guardian that Facebook’s business practices are so restrictive that it hinders the open web and stunts innovation and development. ”

    Oh yeah so as with Google latest search algorithmic developments favoring only giant AUTHORITATIVE websites and big businesses on the Internet. It hinders small businesses success and stunts web entrepreneurship growth.

  • Linda

    As a consumer I amsick of searching Google for food or other manufacturers and have to sign in to Facebook before you can see them. I do not use Facebook and never will. I am now starting to use other search engines for shopping. Google is a mess.