Michael Arrington or @TechCrunch (his screen id for twitter)
announce this morning just shortly after ten Tech Crunch's article on the widespread talk of a new platform called, "OpenSocial" finally came out of the works and into the hands of tech enthusiasts. Moving forward the platform will offer developers that chance to make social platforms like web communities more innovative and user friendly by streamlining the basis in which they are built on and the applications that will become standard so that it is easier to understand and built them the added bonus is this will lower the cost of development time for these platforms.
"There are many websites implementing OpenSocial, including Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING." –google
How will this effect small, medium and large businesses? Agencies will be able to build the initial functionality platform at a lower cost so aesthetics and unique traits can be implemented. This will hopefully not just increase how many random niche communities their are, but will give them the opportunity to truly offer the web community something more valuable then just another friends list.
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Tech Crunch's post by Michael Arrington:
"Two weeks ago there were reports that Yahoo was planning to join Google's OpenSocial application platform. A day later we heard that the final decision had been made, but it wouldn't be announced for a while, probably in April.
Well, they beat that projection by a week. Today Yahoo announced their support for the platform. But they are also, along with Google and MySpace, forming a new non-profit organization called the OpenSocial Foundation. It is modeled after the OpenID Foundation. The goal, they say, is that by placing the assets into a new non-profit, they'll be able to say they will maintain absolute neutrality while keeping a straight face.
Developers and website owners are also being pointed to the OpenSocial Foundation website for current specifications and links to other resources.
Engineers from all three founding entities will work on the project, they say. All specifications are available under a creative commons copyright license. Also an open source reference implementation called Shindig is being created and developed as a project in the Apache Software Foundation incubator.
The press release for this is here. We will also be on a briefing call later this morning with our live notes."