Step 2 is the hard part.

Matt Ginzton writes here.

Kellan Elliott-McCrea on Data Portability at Flickr

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Kellan Elliott-McCrea on data portability at Flickr

“With Flickr you can get out, via the API, every single piece of information you put into the system.”

I think this makes a pretty good definition of the minimum standard for data portability that online services should be held to — to paraphrase, anything you put in you can get back out.