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With the release of Google+, Facebook has been feeling the threat from this newbie. In an attempt to stop people from migrating from Facebook to Google+, Facebook makes all efforts to block the ways that lead to contacts migration. Google looks at things very differently and has provided a service by which you can download and keep all your data from all the Google services. According to Data Liberation blog:

Google Takeout lets you take your data out of multiple Google products in one fell swoop. Moreover, you’ll find that all your data is in portable and open formats‚ so it’s easy to import to other services quickly

Right now only five services have been supported as a startup and this will expand by the passage of time. The five supported services include the following:

  • Google Buzz
  • Contact and Circles from Google+
  • Picassa Web Albums
  • Google Profile
  • Google Stream

If you want to download all your data from the above services, you can go to Google Takeout and sign in with your Google account. You will be presented with the list of Google services which you’re using and can start their backup. There are three tabs in total. On the first tab, All your data, you can download data from all the services.

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But if you want a selective backup, you can go to the second tab. The second tab, Choose services, will list the same services but you can select the services of your choice in order to take their backup. When you’re done, you can safely press the Create Archive button.  This will initiate the archival process and when it’s completed, you can download all your data in a zip file.

google takeout downloads

The zip file contains a separate folder for each service. And gladly all the data is in standard formats which can be imported to any other service.

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