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December 24, 2009

The Data Liberation Front from Google

Filed under: My Thoughts — Suramya @ 11:06 PM

The Data Liberation Front is a website started by Google a while ago but I haven’t seen a lot of people talking about it yet. In fact I only found out about it today while searching for something else on another blog.

According to the site their mission statement is:

Users should be able to control the data they store in any of Google’s products. Our team’s goal is to make it easier to move data in and out.

This is an awesome move by Google and one which I would love to have other sites (like Facebook) follow. Right now any data uploaded to Facebook is stuck there and as far as I know not that easy to export to local computers or to other sites. But on Orkut you can export your entire data set (except photos, which is in the works) to your local computer.

This site explains how you can export data from Orkut, Blogspot, Google Calendar, Contacts, Google Docs, Gmail etc etc. Check out the site for a more detailed list.

I always prefer having my data backed up on a local system even when its uploaded to the cloud. That way I have access and control of it even if the cloud goes down or I loose net access.

Well this is all for now. Will write more later.

– Suramya

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