Already I have seen across the Twittersphere references to Facebook now allowing “data portability.” Data portability is the idea that users are, and should be, in control of their data, how its used, and have access to it at any time. Beyond this, data portability inherently implies data interoperability— the ability for your identity and social graph data to be used across any site or service, as controlled by the end user, and therefore requires the use of open web standards. Facebook’s “Download Your Info” is NOT data portability. It is data accessibility.
Why is this important?
Read the rest of her post to find out why Alisa thinks so.
Like what Steve Repetti said in his post (linked at the start of this post), I think Facebook’s announcement is a great step forward, but make sure you read Alisa view to get a complete view of the announcement.
Elias Bizannes is the chairperson and executive director of the DataPortability Project.