Data Liberation Front Has Launched Its First Service: Google Takeout

The Data Liberation Front (DLF) has launched its first service: Google Takeout.Google Takeout lets you export files, photos and data from Google services like Picasa and Buzz, now includes support for Google Voice.Moreover, you will find that all your data is in portable and open formats‚ so it’s easy to import to other services quickly.Each of the services will be tidily backed up to a zip file in open formats that can be imported into other, non-Google web services.

This is just another Google service, which you log in with your Gmail username and password. It lets you easily take your data out of several Google products. It supports Buzz, Contacts and Circles, Picasa Web Albums, Profile and Stream, but Google promises support for more services and products later on.

DLF is a group and a website that helps you extract your data from Google’s web services into open, easily-transferable file formats. You can then take your email or docs or RSS feeds and import them into an installed program, or Microsoft or Yahoo’s equivalent web service.The idea isn’t that they want you to transfer your data away from Google ,It’s basically Google’s way of showing that the data it holds in its massive database is yours, and you’re free to do what you like with it.

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