OpenSocial – a super-standard by default

The blogosphere is alive with posts about Google’s OpenSocial which is to go live today at this link:

Developers will need to hone their JavaScript and HTTP request skills to access the three main parts of the API:

  • People
  • Storage
  • Activity stream

One of the better posts is by Fred Stutzman at Unit Structures, but their other good posts from Techmeme, Techcrunch, and the New York Times.

While OpenSocial is not currently standardised by any recognised standards body the weight of developers likely to adopt it will probably make it a super-standard. OpenSocial will provide a significant part of any social networking application, and the thought of easy transfer of friends/contacts and social activities between systems is very appealing.

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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