Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Yahoo Gets Social, Joins to Create OpenSocial Foundation.

I have been one with OpenSocial since it's creation by Google. And I am happy to see that it had grown further and has attracted big Internet players like Yahoo. They also announced the OpenSocial Foundation that I think everyone should take a look at. This is setting standards to social networking that are very similar to standards that were set for Email applications. You know which players are the big email providers today, and they all followed standards. I was even voicing today that Thunderbird as a social networking tool of the future.
There are three big players in the foundation now, namely Google, MySpace and Yahoo.The OpenSocial Foundation is expected to be formed within 90 days, with more OpenSocial partners from across the Web on board in addition to the three responsible for the announcement. "to ensure the neutrality and longevity of OpenSocial as an open, community-governed specification for building social applications across the Web."

"Today we're pleased that Yahoo! has announced its support for OpenSocial. We're looking forward to having Yahoo! users join the hundreds of millions of people who will soon enjoy OpenSocial applications. This addition means even more distribution for developers, encourages participation by even more websites, and, most importantly, results in more features for users all across the web.

In addition, Yahoo!, MySpace, and Google are joining with the broader community to create a non-profit foundation to foster the continued open development of OpenSocial. To that end, we've also launched OpenSocial.org, designed to become the main documentation hub and primary source of information about OpenSocial. To learn more, and to get involved, please review the foundation proposal."

Official Google Blog: OpenSocial continues to grow: Welcome, Yahoo!

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