John Battelle and Eric Schmidt on Data Silos

Phillip Lenssen at Blogoscoped points to this excellent interview of Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, by John Battelle.

Of particular note, at the tail-end of the interview, is the unequivocal assurance by Schmidt that Google will “never trap user data.”

Score one for user-centric silo busting. And another point for Google, when they actually deliver on this promise.  I already have a use for analyzing my Google search history, which currently only Google has access to. Schmidt mentions this obliquely, promising future access.  I look forward to seeing the API and using the service.  If it actually works, it would be a huge step forward in opening up the Google silo for third party applications.

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