Hat tip to Brady
This is huge! One API to rule them all? Finally, a common standard for developers to write social utility apps. 2008 IS going to be the year of the social network app.
Google has announced OpenSocial, a new open API for social networks. The new standard will allow developers to create Facebook-like apps on any social network site that implements it with the same calls.
The open API will have three parts
- Activity stream
- http://code.google.com/apis/opensocial — the documentation for OpenSocial
- http://sandbox.orkut.com – a sandbox for testing apps
Google will be holding the first of their developer CampFires at the GooglePlex this Friday to explain OpenSocial. A CampFire is Google’s new method of disseminating information to developers. These events will be invite-only and will include about thirty developers. Video of the event will be available in the days following.