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Google’s OpenSocial – The web giant’s attempt to be at the centre of social networking

November 1st, 2007 · No Comments

I first read about OpenSocial this afternoon on Techcrunch. In summary:

“It is a set of common APIs that application developers can use to create applications that work on any social networks (called “hosts”) that choose to participate.

…The benefit of the Google approach is that developers can use much of their existing front end code and simply tailor it slightly for OpenSocial, so creating applications is even easier than on Facebook.

…OpenSocial is silent when it comes to specific rules and policies of the hosts, like whether or not advertising is accepted or whether any developer can get in without applying first (the Facebook approach).”

I’ve blogged here about “platform neutrality” – the idea that your profile and relationship/friendship/collegue/classmate information should be accessed – but not owned – by social networking sites such as Facebook. Google’s OpenSocial appears to be a step in that direction.

I’ve setup an OpenSocial blog to follow the way Google’s technology impacts the social networking space.

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