Google’s Data Liberation Front

I can only see metadata, XMP specifically, becoming more important if 
this new “Cloud Rule” begins to take hold with customers.

Google’s Data Liberation Front springs from customer 
altruism but it also builds pressure in the industry to provide data 
portability with cloud based services.  For the customer, it removes 
the ‘icky’ from the stickyness of web based services, for the service 
providers it removes an excuse for not keeping their services 
competitive.

Yet to be seen if this will put pressure on services like Facebook and 
Picassa to allow them to export them images with socially added tags 
embedded in the images.

Last I checked none of the description, keywords or ratings I added 
online at Photoshop.com were preserved in the photo I downloaded.