Tuesday Nov 25, 2008

OpenSocial is 1 and reach is 600 million users at 20 sites

OpenSocial's 1st birthday bash was last week and it sounds like it went very well. I wish I could have been there. Google's Dan Peterson posted a nice summary of the event, with pictures, slides, videos of the presentations and some great adoption numbers for the up-and-coming Social Networking standard:

  • More than 315 million app installs
  • More than 85 million daily canvas page views
  • More than 7,500 applications
  • More than 20 live containers

Pretty impressive, especially considering OpenSocial is not even version 1.0 yet. Here's a chart that shows adoption over the past year, and some well deserved party favors:

With SocialSite, we hope to add to those numbers. Stay tuned...

Friday Nov 21, 2008

SocialSite's Flexible Relationship model

After the big announcement last week and the blog-silence this week, you might we wonder if we're still around. Well, we are and we're as busy as can be. We're working away on automatic profile creation, better theme support, new gadget directory and a couple of new efforts that we're not ready to talk about yet.

And, we haven't been totally silent this week either. You just have to know where to look. Just the other day I blogged the details of the SocialSite relationship model on my person blog, and explained how you can configure SocialSite to behave like various popular Social Networking services.

Friday Nov 07, 2008

SocialSite on Tomcat

The Project SocialSite team is part of the GlassFish organization, so you can probably guess our preferred Servlet engine. And, unfortunately, we've been so busy with the development of our core Social Networking features that we haven't had much time to try SocialSite on other platforms (or even to move from GlassFish v2 to the brand new v3 Prelude release).

But, since SocialSite is basically just a Java EE webapp, it should run on Tomcat and other platforms. Sun's Sandeep Soni has proven that point and provided what looks to be a complete set of instructions for getting SocialSite up-and-running on Tomcat. Sandeep: thanks for the write-up!

Thursday Nov 06, 2008

OpenSocial v0.9 kick-off

Work on the next revision of the OpenSocial spec is underway the proposed schedule is below. You've got until tomorrow to get your ideas in.

Proposed Timeline:
  • Topic ideas due 11/7
  • Proposals & technical discussions end 11/21
  • Draft created by 12/4
  • Full draft review from 12/5 to 12/12
  • Final publication 12/15

If you're insterested, then check out the 0.9 Proposals Spreadsheet that lists the proposals slated for discussion. And get involved in the OpenSocial and Gadgets Specification Discussion in the OpenSocial Group. Here on the SocialSite team we're working on getting two additions in: Bobby's Messaging changes and adding Paging Support for Activities.

Here are links to the discussion threads for the proposals we've made for OpenSocial v0.9 (you may need to join the group before you view these):

A little more about SocialSite milestone 2

Here are some more details about SocailSite milestone 2 (M2). The major new features that we've been working for M2 are Flexible Relationship, support for Gadget Themes and Gadget White-Listing. We've also been continuing to perfect our REST, RPC and JavaScript APIs.

Another thing you'll find in the M2 build is the first-cut of our new Dashboard Gadget, which is the place where a SocialSite user can respond to friend and group membership requests, search the social graph and more. As I mentioned yesterday, it's written using JavaScript, Open Social Templates and YUI components. Here are some screen-shots. The first shot shows the Activities tab, which can display your activities, your fiends activities and those of your groups.


The second shot shows the people tab, which can display/search all people in the network, filter by your friends, filter by your groups and enables you to request relationships, send messages and invite people to join your groups.


With M2, SocialSite is basically feature complete, but we've still got a lot of work to do to perfect our Widgets and Web Services. Some of the Gadget UIs and the Admin Console look pretty rough from a UI perspective. We'll be working on improving those, adding a nice Gadget Directory and improving Widget theming for our next milestone, which is scheduled for early December.

You can download the M2 build from our Downloads Page.

Wednesday Nov 05, 2008

Project SocialSite milestone 2 work complete

I'm going to blame the blog silence on hard work ;-) We're just now finishing what we're calling Project SocialSite milestone 2, which includes Flexible Relationships, a new Dashboard Widget, basic support for Gadget themes and Gadget white/black listing. The new Dashboard is implemented with Open Social Templates and YUI components. I'll post more tomorrow once I've updated some docs and captured some nice screen-shots.

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