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...

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):

Wednesday Oct 29, 2008

LinkedIn Apps: Powered by OpenSocial

More OpenSocial adoption news today: LinkedIn has also launched OpenSocial support with a Application Directory of nine applications including TripIp, Huddle, Wordpress and Slideshare. Here's what TechCrunch has to say about it:

Jason Kincaid of TechCrunch: LinkedIn has launched its new OpenSocial-based application platform called InApps - an answer to the platforms found on social networks like Facebook and MySpace, but without the clutter and “junk” apps that plague those sites. Unlike most other social networks, LinkedIn apps must go through an approval process before they will go live on the store, and all apps must be deemed “professional” in purpose to appear on the business-oriented social network. [Read on for application mini-reviews and more...]

And by the way, we're building Gadget white-listing into Project SocialSite, so you can implement the same sort of Gadget approval process for a SocialSite powered Social Network.

Tuesday Oct 28, 2008

Yahoo! rolls out YAP, Y!OS, OpenSocial and more

Yahoo announced the Yahoo Application Platform this week (that's a mini-screenshot of the app editor on the right) and, as we've been saying in our SocialSite briefings and presentations, "social is part of the platform." Yahoo is providing multiple social APIs including OpenSocial. Here's the OpenSocial support announcement on the OpenSocial API blog:

Sam Pullara, Vice President, Yahoo! Application Platform: "This is just the beginning for YAP and OpenSocial. As a founding member of the OpenSocial Foundation, Yahoo! is committed to supporting the complete OpenSocial specification and is working with the community to expand the specification to include OSML and OpenSocial templates. In addition, we are currently implementing a Shindig-based OpenSocial container which will allow us to provide full support for the OpenSocial REST Protocols and thus for Portable Contacts."

We're always glad to hear about OpenSocial adoption, the more live containers and apps the better from the SocialSite point of view. The same goes for Shindig.

Sam Pullara also mentions working with the community on OSML and OpenSocial templates and that's good news too. I've been working with templates for a couple of weeks now, using the implementation that's part of Shindig but not yet part of the OpenSocial spec. They're a vast improvement over the way we write gadgets now, from both productivity and maintainability points of view.

Related links:

Tuesday Oct 21, 2008

SocialSite REST API not so RESTful

So says Roy Fielding, the author of the paper that defined REpresentational State Transfer (REST). And the same goes for the OpenSocial REST API, which is the basis for the SocialSite REST APIs. Here's part of his comment about OpenSocial:

Roy Fielding: The OpenSocial RESTful protocol is not RESTful. It could be made so with some relatively small changes, but right now it is just wrapping RPC results in common Web media types.

There are lots of advantages to being RESTful and we certainly want both the OpenSocial and the SocialSite REST APIs to live up to their names, so I'm glad to hear the changes are "relatively small." Now we just need to figure out what those changes are. I asked Roy to elaborate and I also started a thread (Google Groups login required) on the topic in the OpenSocial spec discussion group.

Happy Birthday to OpenSocial!


Photo by Jessica Driver
Dan Petersen, OpenSocial API blog: Hard to believe, but OpenSocial is just a few weeks shy of being a full year old! To celebrate, we're getting together to look back on the great progress we've all made in the past year and to discuss where we should take OpenSocial next. And of course, we'll eat birthday cake!

In addition to cake the event (details here) will include updates from developers, spec discussions and opportunities for hacking. The event will be held at 10AM on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at the MySpace office in San Francisco, CA. I can't make it myself, but hopefully some of the SocialSite team can attend.

Wednesday Oct 15, 2008

SocialSite's OpenSocial extensions

As you may already know, to enable full read/write access to the Social Graph for the Project SocialSite Widgets and Web Services, we're extending the standard OpenSocial APIs. This week, I've started a series of blog posts to describe the extensions we are making. Part 1 covers SocialSite's OpenSocial extensions: Web Services.

Monday Oct 13, 2008

OpenSocial live across Ning's 500,000 networks

Via the OpenSocial APIs blog, here's some good news for OpenSocial. OpenSocial v0.7 is now live across Ning's 500,000 niche social networks and there are more than 30 OpenSocial applications in the Ning directory. Here's the scoop from Ning's blog:

"OpenSocial is now live across our more than 500,000 social networks this morning. This release replaces and improves our older “Gadgets” beta functionality, and enables Network Creators and their members to add all sorts of great new features, or Applications, to their profile pages with a single click."

"Each social network on Ning now offers more than 30 OpenSocial applications from which to choose, including file sharing from Box.net, poll creation from Polldaddy and e-commerce from Shopit."

Read the full post for more including screen-shots and a screen-cast showing off the new OpenSocial feature set.

Friday Oct 10, 2008

SocialSite Webinar Slides

SocialSite Webinar Slides

Did you miss or have trouble viewing Dave Johnson's webinar on Project SocialSite yesterday? Dave has now posted improved slides from his presentation. This may not be the same as seeing Dave's talk live, but you still can get useful information by reading the slides.

Wednesday Oct 08, 2008

SocialSite Webinar: Thursday, October 9th

Drawing of a Television

Did you know that The Aquarium has its own TV channel? Okay, it's actually a Ustream.TV channel, but still...

Each week, it has a new technical webinar covering some topic in the GlassFish community. And this week, our very own Dave Johnson will be talking about Project SocialSite.

As Dave describes, he'll be covering "the reasoning behind Project SocialSite, the basics of OpenSocial and what SocialSite adds, the SocialSite architecture and its Widgets and Web Services." It's happening tomorrow (Thursday) at 11:15am PT. For more information, see the webinar details page.

Tuesday Oct 07, 2008

OpenSocial 0.9 Input

Picture of a Microphone

Do you have input to improve OpenSocial? If so, you're in luck. Dan Peterson sent out a call to start the ball rolling on the OpenSocial v0.9 Specification. For newbies he discusses the specification process. He also gives a recap of likely changes in v0.9.

He's looking to gather all ideas by this Friday (October 10th). So if you've been itching for a feature, now is the time to send your ideas in!

Friday Oct 03, 2008

Project SocialSite Turns One (Milestone) Today

We've reached our first milestone release, available on the download page now. While you won't see many changes on the surface, that doesn't mean a lot hasn't changed. Our Milestone 1 release includes a complete rewrite of many of our back-end services to use the new OpenSocial REST and JSON-RPC APIs.

For more information on the REST API Dave has a great writeup in this blog. These changes give us a better alignment with OpenSocial, allow us to batch requests, and make it easier to support multiple forms of client to server and server to server communication. With these changes in the back end completed, we can focus our attention now towards UI improvements and new features. As always, let us know what you like, what you'd like to see, and especially let us know if you'd like to help!

Thursday Oct 02, 2008

Dave Johnson on LiveMink

Simon Phipps, SunMink

SocialSite's own Dave Johnson was interviewed this week for the LiveMink podcast by Simon Phipps. Tune in for information on Project SocialSite, social networking, and some of our future plans.

Tuesday Sep 30, 2008

Google Exec Describes OpenSocial's Roadmap

A Washington, DC Roadmap

Want to understand where OpenSocial is today and where it's heading tomorrow? Then read Joe Farber's interview with Joe Kraus (a Director of Product Management at Google who focuses on social networking and OpenSocial).

They talk about the reach of current OpenSocial deployments (over 300 million users, as we've reported before), what's coming next with OpenSocial 0.8 (an emphasis on the RESTful Data APIs), and what's further down the road in the 0.9 plans (OpenSocial Templates, for one thing).

As we said last week, OpenSocial is the heart of Project SocialSite. So it's nice to see that it's getting plenty of attention.

Friday Sep 26, 2008

OpenSocial is indeed the heart of SocialSite !!

Thumbnail of the 'Word Cloud' for the SocialSite Blog

Here is some Friday fun. How are Project SocialSite and OpenSocial standard related? Jamey has the answer. :)

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