Wow, I admit I never thought this would happen: Google and Facebook are joining DataPortability.org! This simply means that two of the biggest brands on the internet are joining a working group to overcome walled gardens, silos, basically let our own data, our social graph become independent of specific social networks.
The recent Scoble/Facebook/Plaxo brouhaha made me think this could be a backlash to social network portability, simply because privacy rules were broken and it could work as the perfect argument against social network portability. But actually this announcement is great, even more so that Joseph Smarr of Plaxo is also involved. Yahoo as well?
I don’t want to be too enthusiastic, though. Nothing has been achieved yet and there is the possibility that the big companies start controlling that group (however Google’s representative is Brad Fitzpatrick which is a good sign) and hamper progress.
Nevertheless this is a great day!
[via Read/Write Web]