What is OpenSocial?

Introduction to OpenSocial

Google unveils their OpenSocial initiative. We have had the chance to play with OpenSocial over the last 6 weeks. In a nutshell, OpenSocial is interesting because it allows widgets and applications to asks containers (iGoogle, Orkut and others) information about you, about your contacts and your friends, in a very simple and inter-operable way. It also formalizes the concept of activity stream so that some applications can contribute events and some other applications can filter them, mash them up and display them to the user.

OpenSocial is a natural evolution of shared-authentication systems: It makes a lot of sense for each application to NOT have to have its own copy of who you are, who your contacts and friends are.

OpenSocial is also a natural evolution of personalization frameworks such as iGoogle: widgets can offer much more value to users if they have a way to learn more about you and your friends.

What does it mean for feeddo?

The biggest value for feeddo users is that it is going to simplify the task of finding the recommendation feeds of your friends. We will most likely allow you to add your most recommended feeds as a widget to iGoogle and Orkut (similar to what we do today with Facebook).

Anything else?

OpenSocial is yet another proof that JSON-driven RESTful Web Services are the right abstraction layer for exposing services on the web and that people should look at sharpening their Javascript/Actionscript skills because that is where the next wave of innovation is going to take place.

Kudos to Patrick Chanezon and the rest of the Google team for pulling this initiative off!

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