You might not have heard about Data Portability yet (actually unless you’re really into reading about web apps you probably haven’t), but by this time next year, Data Portability will be as much a part of our lives as email. Data Portability is a collaborative effort of some of the world’s largest (Google and Facebook are involved) email and social networking applications to create allow users to easily transfer all major parts of their account information from one application to another.
For example, let’s say I have an account on TeacherTube, YouTube, Gmail, and Facebook, right now I have to login into each account separately with a different user name and password. Data Portability’s goal is to create a system by which I can share all the information in each of my accounts across each application. Additionally, Data Portability is trying to create a system by which I can simply upload my videos and photos once and share them across multiple applications.
This video explains Data Portability’s goals very well. It’s an interesting concept and I really think it will take off in 2008.
DataPortability – Connect, Control, Share, Remix from Smashcut Media on Vimeo.