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Google Joins Plaxo and Facebook to make Data more portable

Readwriteweb (opens in new tab) reports on the fact that Plaxo, Google and Facebook has joined the ranks of the DataPortability (opens in new tab) Workgroup; this is a major announcement as it paves the way to more collaboration between the social networking bigwigs.

Ironically, two of the new members of the DataPortability Workgroup had been involved a few days ago in a row over data transter, as celebrity tech blogger Robert Scoble (opens in new tab) - a member of the Dataportability workgroup - tried to use Plaxo's Pulse solution to download all his friends' details from Facebook - an attempt that ended with Scoble being barred from Facebook.

The release mentions that the workgroup is "actively working to create the 'DataPortability Reference Design' to document the best practices for integrating existing open standards and protocols for maximum interoperability."

The workgroup also includes representatives from the BBC, eHub, Yahoo and Robert Scoble himself.

It will also be very interesting to find out how this is going to impact on Google's Open Social platform.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.