Google throwing its weight behind OpenSocial

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As everyone knows, Google tomorrow is announcing its “OpenSocial” social network platform APIs with participating social networks LinkedIn, Friendster, Hi5, Orkut, Ning, and more. You can find interesting perspectives on the announcement from Mark Andreessen (screenshots here) and the rest of Techmeme.

In talking to people around the valley today, most people are very intrigued by the notion of OpenSocial platforms across the web, but many questions remain:

  • Google is announcing this tomorrow, but how long will it be before OpenSocial applications and social networks are in public production?
  • Will OpenSocial APIs actually lead to any significantly new compelling applications? 
  • What about performance? OpenSocial is a JavaScript API, so many widgets on a page may want to make many HTTP requests.

Obviously OpenSocial has the potential to become a major “platform” for SNAPs. Dave Winer says, “Standards devised by one tech company whose main purpose is to undermine another tech company, usually don’t work.” We’ll see how this one goes starting tomorrow…

[tags]facebook,google,opensocial[/tags]
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