datalibWe went down to a Google regional office the other day and boy do they have great chocolate macaroons.  We were there to hear about their new site. tells you how to get your personal data out of Google. We found that Google was storing a lot of information we’d forgotten all about.

Here are a few examples:

  • Google Docs: Get those documents off  “the cloud” and back into your own computer to access them offline. dataliberation
  • Google Maps: Erase the list of recently searched locations.
  • Bookmarks:  Take your bookmark list offline.
  • Download the videos you uploaded to YouTube.
  • Picasa Web Albums: retrieve your photos if your computer crashed.

It’s not immediately obvious what you should do when you first arrive at It turns out, all you have to do is click on the Google item you’re interested in. You get a different set of instructions for each.

This is a great way to learn about all of the 25 things Google offers for free.

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