Today, Google has unveiled its yet another product- Google Takeout which permits its users to export their data out of Google from all Google products they are currently using. Furthermore, all the data is made accessible in open and portable formats so it’s really simple to import them on other services.
In spite of the weird team name, this is just another Google service, into which you log in with your Gmail username and password. It allows you to easily take your data out of several Google products; presently supported products are Google Buzz, Contacts and Circles, Picasa Web Albums, Profile and Stream, but Google promises support for more services and products later on.
Using this tool is fairly easy, head over to the Google takeout page, sign in with your Google account and choose the products for which you want to export the data. Once you recover your data, you’ll be able to save it in open, portable formats, so you should be able to import it to other services easily.
Google TakeOut is really straightforward: you can either recover all your data at once, or choose individual services. Google will automatically calculate the anticipated size and the number of files in the package, which will show up under the Downloads tab. You might need to enter your password once again before downloading the package, which Google says is for security reasons.
The timing of this release is not accidental, either; Google launched Takeout shortly after showing off its new social networking service, Google+, probably to show how much it cares about user’s data and privacy.