The State of Data Portability in Social Media, Part I – A Closer Look at Facebook

[The following is not a commentary on data portability policies at Facebook --- that will be a follow-up to this series. Instead, this article attempts to document the current state of data portability within social media, and in this case, Facebook in particular]

Every day, Facebook consumes billions of snippets of people’s lives in . . . → Read More: The State of Data Portability in Social Media, Part I – A Closer Look at Facebook

Facebook: More access to your data

Rebecca MacKinnon's Consent of the Networked book cover

Facebook continues to improve on data portability issues. On The Media spoke last week to an Austrian student sent a thousand-page data dump when he asked Facebook for his personal data under EU law. Today, when you ask, Facebook sends you a form email (text below). You’re still not getting all of your data, but your self-service options are more complete and easier. Data you can download includes your profile and much of your activity, including off-Facebook “likes.” How useful and reusable is the downloaded data? I don’t know; if you try, please ping me and I’ll update the post. Meanwhile, Facebook’s Data Access Request Team writes “We expect to have a new tool with additional categories of data to download available in the next few months.”  Here’s hoping the new downloads come with specs so third-parties can put your archive to work.

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Data Portability Wars : Google and Facebook vs. YOU

Well, here we go again.

The big companies love to embrace data portability and the freedom it provides its users, not to mention the press and goodwill that comes with it, as long as it doesn’t conflict with their corporate agenda.

Let’s call it what it is: Facebook and Google both support “convenient” data . . . → Read More: Data Portability Wars : Google and Facebook vs. YOU

Google Unleashes New Data Portability Initiative: Google Takeout

Google today unveiled a new service that provides advanced Data Portability across its diverse platform.  Google Takeout (http://www.google.com/takeout) makes it easy to extract your data from a variety of Google Services including: Buzz, Contact and Circles, Picasa Web Albums, and Profile. The information is provided in a variety of formats, including vCard and JSON . . . → Read More: Google Unleashes New Data Portability Initiative: Google Takeout

True Data Portability

I’ve been on the board of Dataportability.org since its founding three years ago. The concept made quite a splash when it was first announced, but I knew that after the hype wore off would come all the hard work of making it real. And that’s where XDI would be needed.

Ever since then, I’ve . . . → Read More: True Data Portability

RockMelt Builds on Facebook’s Data Portability

An innovative new product has entered the scene that will likely test the resolve of Facebook and others as it relates to data portability.  RockMelt (www.rockmelt.com) is a customized implementation of the open source (Google) Chrome browser that tightly integrates social media while maintaining the comfort (and speed) of the Chrome browsing environment. It . . . → Read More: RockMelt Builds on Facebook’s Data Portability

Chris Saad questions Mark Zuckerberg

Chris Saad wrote an important post that appeared on the ReadWriteWeb Blog yesterday. I recommend you read it to get a better understanding of Facebook’s privacy moves in relation to Data Portability.

In it, he raises a key point about the tendancy for Facebook, as well as other large companies, to manipulate industry language . . . → Read More: Chris Saad questions Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Embraces Data Portability – Again

Facebook issues strongest endorsement of Data Portability yet, saying the people own their own data. . . . → Read More: Facebook Embraces Data Portability – Again

Facebook claims data portability is criminal

Facebook believes it’s criminal to reuse your data with your permission . . . → Read More: Facebook claims data portability is criminal

Assessing the openess of Facebook’s “Open Graph Protocol”

This is an analysis by DataPortability chairperson Elias Bizannes and former chairperson Chris Saad.

Summary In essence, Facebook is striving to create a web-wide semantic search engine and recommendation system based on a mix of open and closed technologies.

While some of the approaches are indeed open, the overall outcome is an attempt to . . . → Read More: Assessing the openess of Facebook’s “Open Graph Protocol”