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As OpenSocial is getting ready for version 0.9, a number of changes/clarifications/additions/etc are being proposed on the spec discussion page. I've submitted two of them based on things we're doing in Project SocialSite. Feedback is always welcome, and here's your chance to help shape OpenSocial (and, therefore, Project SocialSite).

The first is a proposal for messaging support. There was already a proposal for sending messages, but after working on the messaging implementation in SocialSite we had a (hopefully) good idea about what else would be useful. The current messaging proposal adds not just the ability to send messages, but also to retrieve, update, and delete them. It includes some changes to the message object to include sender information as well as a way for gadgets to send a payload in cases where this would be useful (e.g., group information in a group join request). Feel free to comment on the discussion thread or vote on the proposal.

The second proposal, discussed here on the spec group page, is about a change to the recipient format used in OpenSocial messages. We're trying to find the best (or at least most acceptable) way to specify not just the ID of the recipient, but whether or not it's a person, a group, or whatever else could be receiving messages in the future. Any input would be good here, or send us a note on the dev mailing list if you'd just like to know more about the implementation of our messaging support.

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