November 21, 2017

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Google, Facebook want to make social content portable

Google, Facebook want to make social content portable

Google and Facebook have just signed on to the DataPortability Workgroup, which hopes to make it easier to move content across different social networks. This is seen as a significant shift in strategy by networks that have historically held on to their users with a kung-fu grip. The news could mean that photos, videos, and other data could soon be easily shared between different tools and networks.
The blogosphere appears to be pleasantly surprised by the news, going as far as calling it “[dramatic](http://svextra.com/blogs/gmsv/2008/01/that_was_fast_–_facebook_google_join_data-portability_group.html)” and a “[bombshell](http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/goog-fb-data.php).” However, VentureBeat’s Eric Eldon [argues](http://venturebeat.com/2008/01/08/facebook-google-plaxo-join-data-portability-lots-of-hype-even-more-work-to-do/) that there is more hype than substance to the story, since neither Google nor Facebook have committed to actually doing anything other than talk to other members. Stay tuned…

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