On Thursday the OpenSocial url will go live.  OpenSocial will be the first take in Google’s social networking plans.  It’s  a set of 3 common API’s which will allow developers to access core bits of information and functions at a number of ‘opt-in’ social networking sites;

  • Profile Information (user data)
  • Friends Information (social graph)
  • Activities (things that happen, News Feed type stuff)

So far the participating social networks include Orkut, SalesForce, LinkedIn, Ning, Hi5, Paxo, Friendster, Viadeo and Oracle.

This is going to be a big deal both on the outside and within the enterprise.  Until now developers who wanted to leverage data and functions from another social networking site would need to gain access to their API, learn new mark-up and hit the learning curve.  Now developers can use the OpenSocial API’s to gain access to the growing list of participating social networks.  Save time, money and offer users a way to aggregate their common social network data.

My next post will hint at why this might be good news for the enterprise.

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