Think about how many times you’ve felt that how much easier it would have been if you could transfer data from when platform to the other without much hassle. For instance, if you wanted to transfer your data from Twitter to Facebook and it happened with just a click or two. Well, it looks it’s about to happen as behemoths like ‘Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter’ are coming together to make transfer of user data easier.
Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter are coming together for a project Called the Data Transfer Project (DTP), the idea behind is to move data and content between apps with relative ease. And the best part is that it won’t be restricted to the biggies of the tech world alone.
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What is Data Transfer Project?
As it states on its official website, “Data Transfer Project (DTP) is a collaboration of organizations committed to building a common framework with open-source code that can connect any two online service providers, enabling a seamless, direct, user initiated portability of data between the two platforms.” In other words, if any online service that has an open code can connect with others to share data easily. For users it will become easier to share anything – from playlists to fitness tracking data – between apps.
So far, Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter are coming together have committed to DTP. DTP has released a white paper on their plans but haven’t given any specific date about when it will become operational. In the white paper, it is stated that partners in DTP “believe that people should use products because they provide unique value and features.” So if a user is unhappy with a particular product, app or service, they “should be able to do so as easily as possible. The white paper further states that, “This concept of allowing users to choose products and services based on choice, rather than being locked in, helps drive innovation and facilitates competition. Data portability can also provide security benefits for users. Practical tools that let users backup or archive important information, organize information within multiple accounts, recover from account hijacking, and retrieve data from deprecated services all work to improve user security. Perhaps most importantly, data portability provides peace of mind to users.”
In a world where data has become one of the most powerful currency, peace of mind will certainly be welcome if and when DTP actually sees the light of the day as Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter are coming together.