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!

Monday Oct 06, 2008

On The Horizon: A Portable Contacts API?

Picture of a Rolodex

Want to invite your email contacts to join you on your favorite social networking site? You probably can. Want to do so without having to give your email account username and password to the social networking site? Your odds drop a bit. Want to do it all in a standardized way? Your odds drop to zero.

But that could change, if the guys behind the Portable Contacts effort have their way. They're trying to provide a standardized and secure way for users to share address book data across different sites.

The specification is still at the draft stage. But, as Dare Obasanjo describes, there is already a lot to like about its approach (particularly the alignment with OAuth and OpenSocial). So while it's too early for a social networking server like Project SocialSite to directly leverage this work, we'll certainly be keeping an eye on it.

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. :)

Tuesday Sep 23, 2008

OpenSocial (and SocialSite) at Google Developer Day London

Google Developer Day 2008 Logo

Pat, Chris, and others gave an OpenSocial presentation last week at the London edition of Google Developer Day 2008. A full video of the session is now available.

Check it out for a great introduction to all things OpenSocial (from writing and monzetizing an app to turning your own site into an OpenSocial container). And, of course, we're excited to see that they referenced some of Sun's next-generation web technologies.

First, Zembly is mentioned (around 15:00) as a great tool for authoring OpenSocial applications right inside your browser. And then they have a slide (around 46:00) describing our own SocialSite technology as a nice option for adding OpenSocial support within your own enterprise. Naturally, we couldn't agree more.

Friday Sep 05, 2008

Presentation: Building Secure, Open and Distributed Social Network Applications

Henry Story's Presentation Slides

Henry Story has shared his social networking presentation that was given at JavaOne and other venues. In his words, it covers "data portability, linked data, foaf, security in distributed social networks, OpenId," and more. Check out his blog to find out more and view the presentation.

Thursday Sep 04, 2008

OpenSocial Foundation Opens Its Doors

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The OpenSocial Foundation announced today that it's open to new members, and is looking to fill two community board seats. Check out today's blog for more information on the foundation and how to join.

Wednesday Sep 03, 2008

Exploring Project SocialSite's REST API

Duke the explorer

Project SocialSite is still young, and we're working on more documentation as well as our implementation. In the meantime, you might feel like doing a little exploration yourself. In his blog "exploring a web 2.0 app" Henry Story shares his methods and findings. While this approach can be very helpful in understanding how SocialSite works, the interfaces you discover this way should be considered in flux until the official documentation is ready.

Tuesday Sep 02, 2008

Migrating OpenSocial Gadgets: An Example

Ana Lindstrom-Tamer

Last month (is it September already?), Ana described some of the steps that were involved in migrating OpenSocial gadgets from version 0.7 to 0.8. This time, she dives deeper and walks through all the changes needed to migrate the SocialSite activities gadget.

Friday Aug 29, 2008

OpenSocial and Shindig Milestones

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It's been a busy week for OpenSocial. On the standards front, Cassie has announced that the OpenSocial 0.8.1 specs have been reviewed and are ready for implementation.

And speaking of implementation, Shindig (the OpenSocial RI) is nearing a 1.0 release. Kevin got that discussion started with a thread on the shindig-dev alias. It sounds like September 30 is the initial candidate for a release target (though that's certainly not finalized yet).

Both developments bode well for SocialSite, as we leverage Shindig and always strive to support the latest OpenSocial specification.

Thursday Aug 28, 2008

Social Roller

Apache Roller Logo

If you noticed that Roller's creator is working on Project Socialsite, you probably guessed that there would be nice integration between the two systems. And sure enough, that's what Dave is tackling this week.

Per his writeup, Dave thinks there will be four key features in the integration: a landing page with updates from your friends and groups, a personal profile page, the generation of an activity each time you blog, and the ability the make certain blog entries available onto to your friends or groups. If that sounds right to you, sit back and wait for Dave to publish his results. If not, leave him a comment with your suggestions.

Wednesday Aug 27, 2008

OpenSocial Videos

Google Code Talks

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what's a video worth? Whatever the answer, you can multiply it by fifty-eight here.

That's the current number of OpenSocial-related videos on the Google Developers Channel at YouTube. They cover everything from industry interviews (with leaders such as Hi5, Ning, and RockYou) to OpenSocial talks at recent conferences.

So have a look. I'm sure you'll find something of interest.

Monday Aug 25, 2008

Draft Specs for OpenSocial 0.8.1

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As Dan recently noted on shindig-dev, draft specifications for the upcoming 0.8.1 version of the OpenSocial standard are now available. Specific resources include:

It's important to keep an eye on OpenSocial, as it standardizes the application interfaces for Social Networking Systems such as Project SocialSite.

Friday Aug 22, 2008

How many users can you reach with an OpenSocial Gadget?

350 million, so says Erick Schonfeld of Techcrunch. Take a look at the graph he provided:

That's a nice looking growth curve and Erick's got more interesting numbers on OpenSocial gadgets and installs vs. Facebook applications and installs, so read the whole thing.

Tuesday Aug 19, 2008

Friendster's OpenSocial support goes live

According to Techcrunch and the OpenSocial project's list of Live OpenSocial Containers, there's a new OpenSocial container in town. Friendster's OpenSocial support is now live. Here's some analysis from Techcrunch:

Jason Kincaid, Techcrunch: While Friendster may not be nearly as big a player as MySpace or Facebook in the United States, it still has a vast audience in Asia. Because of the minimal amount of overlap seen between Asian and American markets (Facebook and MySpace have had difficulty expanding in some portions of Asia), the site offers developers a large number of potential new users. Its addition to the OpenSocial platform puts increasing pressure on Facebook to adopt some kind of open application standard, as developers will dislike having to reprogram their applications just to run on Facebook’s closed platform.

Update: Prakash Dodeja, Director of Engineering at Friendster posted some more details on the Google OpenSocial blog.


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