6 Essential Things to Know About Google’s OpenSocial

22 Nov 2007 (Thu)

GOOGLE’S NEWLY UNVEILED OpenSocial, “a common set of APIs for social applications across multiple websites”, has been adopted rapidly by social networks such as Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING.

Here’s a summary of a post with a similar title by Dion Hinchcliffe:

  1. OpenSocial offers the lowest common denominator, not the full richness of each platform. Like Java, write once, test everywhere is the name of the game for OpenSocial. Using the OpenSocial model, developers can create apps to run on dozens of different social networking sites, but can’t leverage the full capabilities of the site it runs on. To create a competitive product with the full richness of the underlying platform, custom coding is needed.
  2. OpenSocial is largely based on open standards. OpenSocial uses the essential browser open standards of XML, HTML, Javascript, and the data formats are all ATOM and RESTful/WOA. It also supports Flash content and functionality and most of the really popular development platforms, including Ruby on Rails. OpenSocial documentation and sample code all uses the Creative Commons licensing and Apache 2.0, and everything will be open sourced at some point.
  3. OpenSocial is a doorway to data portability AND potential security holes. A site that supports OpenSocial applications provides that application with all the people data in that user’s account. Their own info as well as their friends. Users can import/export their social data to/from sites and 3rd party app developers can knit together a person’s social data across other social sites that support OpenSocial. Michael Arrington has reported that the first OpenSocial app has been hacked. Read the rest of this entry »
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Darn! An Intruder in My Blog Again

19 Mar 2007 (Mon)

SOMEONE SNEAKED into my blog and turned my “Insight#4: Of Alexa, Dmoz & Technorati” post private!

Intruder in March 2007

Who’s that? Why did s/he do that? How did s/he do that? How to stop her/him from doing the same thing again?

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Nexus 2007: Will it lead Web 2.0 in SG?

14 Mar 2007 (Wed)

Next 2007 logo/buttonHAVE YOU HEARD of Nexus 2007? Organized by a local Web 2.0 startup called The Digital Movement, the one-day conference will be held at the NTUC Center (1 Marina Boulevard) on 24 March (Saturday) at a very low fee of $15 per person.

Nexus promises to be “a highly interactive conference where we discuss fundamental changes happening in business and technology, and how you can take a lead in them!” AND to make the event better, Nexus organizer is now using a WYSIWYG wiki to elicit and compile ideas (for example, on Session Discussions and Community Gatherings) from everyone.

What sets this event apart from prior local events seems to be the strong government, stat board and industry backing that this one managed to harness — sponsorship by StarHub and Accenture, partners from NTUC Youth and TiE Singapore, advisors from IDA, NUS, ISS, SMU, etc. and speakers from Microsoft, Salesforce.com APAC, Yahoo! SEA, Google, CNET Networks Asia Pacific, Intel China, IDC Asia/Pacific, Insead, etc. Local Web 2.0 representatives include Tomorrow.sg and Stomp.com.sg. Read the rest of this entry »

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Insight#1: To ‘Open’ or Not to ‘Open’?

12 Jan 2007 (Fri)

“The advances in all of the arts and sciences, indeed the sum total of human knowledge, are the result of the open sharing of ideas, theories, studies and research.” – Terry Vessels

Open Source logoFOR A LONG TIME, I’ve believed in the free culture espoused by Lawrence Lessig and the open sharing of ideas, theories, studies, research advocated by Terry Vessels (above). I’ve therefore downloaded and consumed (installed, used, read, watched, listened…) lots of free software, ebooks, video, podcasts, news reports, in-depth analyses, research studies, etc. on the Internet over the past few years.

Recently, however, I’m beginning to ask myself, “Do I really believe in free culture and free exchange of ideas? Have I’ve been more the taker than the giver?” Granted that I’m normally a frank and open person. Yes, my work has been almost invariably very demanding. And yes, I’ve been blogging from time to time, sharing new things that I’ve learnt. Still, there were times when I’ve hesitated and held back. For example, I’ve kept my research study (begun in 2005) under wraps on the Net until a few days ago. Another example, I’ve been adding lots of useful information to a wiki on a sub-domain for almost two years now. Yet so far, I have chosen not to link them from my blog. Read the rest of this entry »

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