OpenSocial = The Social Networking Standards


(Image courtesy of Google)

I remember wondering about this a few months back; what if someone made it possible to for you to ‘mingle’ across all of your social networks?

Google, of course, was way ahead of me on that. In fact, they were already a million miles ahead of me when I found out about OpenSocial, some time last week.

Launched on November 1, Google’s OpenSocial is a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) for social networks apps, based on open standards HTML and JavaScript.

According to the Wiki, each API addresses a different aspect: one for People Data (people and relationship information), one for Activities (publishing and accessing user activity information), and one for Persistence (simple key-value pair data for server-free stateful applications).

The websites that are implementing OpenSocial are, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo,, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING.

Check out the apps here.

So, are you excited yet? =)


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