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A Startup Finds a Better Way to Mine Your Facebook Past

 It's common to compare how many friends you have on Facebook with other people. But a more meaningful measure of your account's worth is shown by Trove, a search engine that feeds on the entire history of your Facebook account to help you find useful bits of information. It tells you exactly how many items—status updates, photos, and more—you and your friends have uploaded and provides a search box that can trawl through every one of them. Google can't do that, because it doesn't make it possible for you to grant its search technology access to your Facebook account. Given the rivalry between Facebook and Google, it's unlikely that will ever happen.

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