Google is announcing its OpenSocial project.
OpenSocial is a set of three common APIs, defined by Google with input from partners, that allow developers to access core functions and information at social networks:
- Profile Information (user data)
- Friends Information (social graph)
- Activities (things that happen, News Feed type stuff)
I’ve said before that the huge plays of the future will be made by creating platforms – if Google succeeds in getting sufficient buy-in to OpenSocial – they will by default create the platform on which all the other platforms sit.
Those already confirming their involvement include;
- Ning, Hi5
It’s fantastic timing – given the recent MS/Facebook deal – yet again the Googleplex has managed to steal the thunder, or crash the party of MS. Where will Google’s ascendency end?