Russian search leader Yandex today announced an iPhone app that collects your friends' activity from Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare and Twitter and makes it easily accessible to search. The app's goal is to let you ask questions about what places your friends visit, what music they listen to and what news they read and it parses the information from your social networks. If this sounds familiar to the recently announced Facebook Graph Search -- it should.
The problem with Yandex's approach? They didn't get permission to access Facebook's API and have been quickly blocked. TechCrunch reports that "Unfortunately, Facebook's Platform Policy says "You must not include data obtained from us in any search engine or directory without our written permission." Facebook would not confirm that it has blocked Wonder, though Yandex tells me it received an email from Facebook that its data access had been revoked. Wonder is still able to access Twitter, Foursquare, and interestingly, Instagram data."
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