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Facebook, Google Argue Over Tech Glitch

With the future of social media on the line, Facebook and Google are butting heads over what might otherwise be considered a simple glitch. "A video that was posted earlier today on YouTube by a Google employee depicts an unusual behavior, with Google+ invite links that have been shared with Facebook friends not showing up in the news feeds of other users, despite appearing to do so once posted," explains CNet -- which was unable to recreate the problem itself.

"Users are curious, and they're asking us if we know about this," Bradley Horowitz, who oversees Google's communications products and social applications, tells The Daily Beast. "We're interested to find out if this is an anomaly, or if this is a consistent experience for users. It could just be a bug."

So, "Is Google being paranoid?" The Daily Beast asks. "Or is Facebook really being sneaky? At the end of the day this may not amount to much, as the whole thing is just a tempest in a high-tech teapot.  In the context of Google+'s new gaming initiative, Fortune writes: "A little less than two months after Google launched its fledgling social network, Google+, Silicon Valley's latest rivalry is heating up."

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"Ever since Google+ launched, the two social networks have been trying to out maneuver each other any chance they get," seconds Search Engine Land. Adding to the tension, Forbes' Paul Tassi just wrote Google+'s obituary.

As CNet notes, this is not the first time that Facebook's filtering algorithms have been criticized. Eli Pariser, the author of "The Filter Bubble," profiled how filtering on places like Google's search results, as well as Facebook's news feed, can have a big impact on what users see.

"What is, perhaps, surprising is that some of the finger-pointing on this is coming from Google," adds CNet, "which itself uses similar filtering technology on its own search results."

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  1. Craig Mcdaniel from Sweepstakes Today LLC, August 17, 2011 at 6:17 p.m.

    Bes
    Beast,

    It is oblivous that you have not fully studied Google "+". Our site, www.sweepstakestoday.com was in the test market study for plus. It was a diaster. The problem is Google plus went on every single sweepstakes on our website. Including the expired sweeps over 8 1/2 years of data and 32,000 sweeps, Google plus slowed our site down so much, it wouldn't even load pages for the members. Plus eat up so much bandwidth that we had to take it off.

    Worse, Google has not only failed to respond, they don't want anything to do with the nearly $1,000 in bandwidth, time, man power, customer complaints, etc. Google did a good job at p'g me off. I am seriously thinking about having my attorney write them a letter for the money.

    Google at the legal obligation to inform me to the amount of bandwidth it would take to run their "test". They didn't. Now, they don't even have the kaunas to apologize.

    Google has also gotten cheap. They could run plus from their own servers. They didn't. It comes at the expense of the publisher. BS.

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