Saturday 2 July 2011

Google Takeout | An Easier Way To Take Your Data With You

Google Takeout a new feature rolled out that makes it way easier to take all your data out of Google. It’s got it’s own separate site and is also part of settings within Google+. In settings, you click on “Data Liberation” and then you are given the option to download all of your profile data, stream data, photos from Picassa, Buzz data, Circles and Contacts.

The Data Liberation group inside Google has long been making personal data portable, but up until now it’s been a clunky process involving APIs and going to each Google service separately to get it. With Takeout, all your Google data across its services is available in one place. You can download it and do what you want with it, Although downloading it does not erase it from Google’s servers(so don't worry).

When you download and unzipped it you'll find data of diffrent service in diffrent folder. The contacts are more useful, and come in a handy .vcf file which can be imported into other address books.

Data portability is a big battleground between Google and Facebook. And Google is winning right now with Takeout. Facebook also allows you to download a zip file of your photos, friend lists, messages, and wall posts, but it is not in a format third party sites can use. So it’s not really free.

See google official video here.

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