Thursday, July 3, 2008

OpenSocial

I am presenting at the Technical Leadership Exchange (TLE) in Sydney in August. I have chosen to talk about Profile 2.0. This is really about a users profile being the common denominator of Web 2.0 because all things seem to eventually get down to who are you, do I know you, do I trust you?

The industry needs an open standards solution that addresses identity. From this point we can then deal with the problems of ownership of data and portability of data.

As part of my research which I am doing today I have been looking at dataportability, OpenID and OpenSocial. I wanted to share with you the YouTube video from the launch of OpenSocial. It takes you through a few examples of where OpenSocial has been used. Essentially OpenSocial is SOA for Social Networks. It provides a common framework and APIs that allow developers to write code once and use multiple times. The pre-req is that the social network that you wish to write an application for supports OpenSocial. Initial assessment would indicate that all the big players such as Google, Facebook, myspace, Ning, LinkedIn etc support it so it may well become the standard.

Enjoy the Video, its long!

3 comments:

Donald Brown said...

I agree the OpenSocial & OpenId concepts are essential going forward for collaboration between these ever increasing social networking websites, and being open source.

I like the aspect of the fact that everything you do in the online world is/will be visible, and everything your related friends do will be visible and associated with you as well. This theoretically will bring out a more honest life for everybody... if the data is entered truthfully in the first place...

I am enthused by the video, thanks.

I am keen to understand the business model based on widgets... another topic.

Chris said...

Thanks for commenting matey. Trust of information and identity will continue to be an issue but over time we be able to increase trust so long as we trust the creator of the identity e.g. the Government, a multinational, a hospital...

Elias Bizannes said...

I'm one of the DataPortability co-founders - when you're in Sydney feel free to ping me :)