Part of my feelings
""Email is different from social networking because in an email application, each person maintains and owns their own address book, whereas in a social network your friends maintain their information and you just maintain a list of friends.... Because of this, we think it makes sense for email applications to export email addresses and for social networks to export friend lists.""
INT WTF you FOOL! If a person establishes contact with another person, voluntarily, then said persons have A RIGHT to know with whom each is communicating, you dick. That means fb users DO have the right to en-mass defect. Got it? No, you don't. Or, you do, but you're protecting your nearly vapor-ware, dubious business model. Wake up!
INT WTF? This dumba$$ actually works at fb and claims to understand the "product"?
We do MORE than just "maintain a freind list", dip*$#*. We comment to each other publicly and privately. We may someday need to defend our words or challenge what another claims we said or failed to say, you nitwit. If a user has to go to court, and you prevent said persons from en-mass exporting files, you're forcing them to constantly make copies of every message. Sure, we can search, but we may need to do more.
GETTHIS THROUGH YOUR HEAD: WE OWN THE DATA WE MAKE; WE OWN OUR AND THE OTHER'S INTERACTIONS *WITH US* -- OTHERWISE WE HAVE A DEAD END, 1/2 STORY ITEM WHEN WE MAY NEED TO RECALL SOMETHING.
FACEBOOK OWNS AN INTERFACE, NOT THE DATA THE USERS GENERATE.