Google Helps People Get Their Data Out Of Google

from the the-antithesis-of-evil? dept

Too many companies these days are focused on ways to keep you locked-in somehow or another, so it's quite refreshing to find out that Google is now officially announcing its Data Liberation Front, which does exactly the opposite: systematically helping you to get your data out of Google's services so that it can be used elsewhere. Apparently the group has been working on this for a while, but has only just now been publicly "announced." It's difficult to think of too many other companies that would do the same thing. Of course, it's easy to think of independent or competing companies that might do this -- but we usually hear about the original company suing anyone who tries to free up data. Good move by Google to offer the service itself.

Filed Under: data, open, portability
Companies: google

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    Alan Gerow (profile), 15 Sep 2009 @ 9:59am


    But now they're giving power back to its users. You can get your data out of Google ... that's power, to the people. They've seen how much power they have gained, and they're relinquishing some of it voluntarily so that you can take your e-mail, calendar events, docs, search history, etc, and go somewhere else if you like. They've unlocked the door so you can take your ball and go home if you don't like where Google is going.

    Other service providers will let you leave, but they'll keep your ball, forcing you to start all over with a new service.

    So, they're getting scary? Sounds like they're doing a lot to alleviate those fears by removing vendor lock-in. Microsoft has traditionally lived & breathed by vendor lock-in ... and in fact, early & continued Windows & Office successes could be attributed to vendor lock-in, because once you have a library of Windows applications and Office documents, it's tricky to simply move to a new vendor.

    Google has said, come & go as you please ... we're just sure you'll WANT to stay, not because you HAVE to.

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