Asia’s favorite social network Friendster, Inc. announced that it has deployed the OpenSocial standard APIs as part of the Friendster Developer Program. Companies and individual developers can now use the OpenSocial standard to introduce their applications, or features, to Friendster’s 75 million users around the world.
OpenSocial support is a significant enhancement and extension to the Friendster Developer Program. Friendster was only the second major social network to launch a robust developer platform. Since its launch, over 10 million unique users have added “apps,” most users add several apps, and about half a million apps are being added by users to their profile pages each day. There are thousands of developers registered for the Friendster Developer Program, there are about 2,000 members of the Friendster Developer Platform Group on Friendster, over 450 apps have been deployed on Friendster, and thousands more apps are currently under development by third-party developers.
Yahoo!, MySpace, and Google have agreed to form the OpenSocial Foundation to ensure the neutrality and longevity of OpenSocial as an open, community-governed specification for building social applications across the web. Yahoo!â€™s support of OpenSocial and role as a founding member of the new foundation are landmarks for the rapidly growing specification which will now offer developers the potential to connect with more than 500 million people worldwide.
The OpenSocial Foundation will be an independent non-profit entity with a formal intellectual property and governance framework; related assets will be assigned to the new organization by July 1, 2008. The foundation will provide transparency and operational guidelines around technology, documentation, intellectual property, and other issues related to the evolution of the OpenSocial platform, while also ensuring all stakeholders share influence over its future direction.
hi5 is gearing up for the launch of its open-source development platform with the industryâ€™s first-ever, bi-national hackathon on March 15. The day-long hi5 hackathon will bring together over 200 commercial, independent and student developers, who will code new hi5 applications, socialize and share their work from two locations in the U.S. and Mexico: the Google Campus in Mountain View, California; and the Campus Estado de Mexico of the Instituto TecnolÃ³gico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). Joining the developers will be representatives of hi5, Google, Globant, ITESM, and Joyent.
By supporting OpenSocial, a simple and practical set of open technologies, hi5 encourages developers to build innovative applications. Working with hi5 introduces developers to millions of users they are able to reach more easily with the OpenSocial APIs.
Beleaguered online company Yahoo might be sucking up to Google for there are rumors that it plans to join the Google-initiated OpenSocial alliance, a set of APIs that will allow interoperability among participating sites.
According to New York Times, Yahooâ€™s involvement will expand the user base of this open standards initiative since it has the â€œlargest group of users and the largest base of registered users.â€ Other sites involve are popular social networking sites such as Bebo and MySpace.
A company spokeswoman declined to confirm this rumor but said Yahoo is supportive of open standards as evidenced by its participation in OpenID and Apache Hadoop.
Since Microsoft is incessantly harping on interoperability, why not join OpenSocial so EU will go easy on them.
MySpace announced the launch of the MySpace Developer Platform Site, giving software developers around the world the chance to deeply integrate into MySpace. The MySpace Developer Platform Site is a place for developers to connect and learn about, build, test, and deploy MySpace applications. As a founding partner of OpenSocial, MySpace is expected to empower developers with an open standard for building MySpace applications to foster innovation and creativity on the Internet.
SightSpeed Inc. is developing an easy-to-use, no-download version of its video chat service, called â€œSightSpeed Light,â€ that will run on a variety of online social networks, including those based on Googleâ€™s forthcoming OpenSocial platform.
SightSpeed developers are creating the application using Adobe Flash, making SightSpeed Light simple to integrate on a variety of platforms and enhancing its accessibility and usability.
Furthermore, in anticipation of greater opportunities for cross-application collaboration through OpenSocial, SightSpeed is inviting other developers who are building new applications with Googleâ€™s APIs to work with SightSpeed to create a fully immersed video experience within the applications they are developing.
SightSpeed Light will offer free video chat and integrated video mail between members of the same social network or anywhere on the Web. Because itâ€™s built entirely using Flash, SightSpeed Light will work on any computer through any standards-based Web browser, with no downloads or installation required. Chatting with friends using videoâ€”and recording and sending them video messagesâ€”will literally be one click away.
SightSpeed plans to implement SightSpeed Light on MySpace, LinkedIn, Salesforce.com, Plaxo, Orkut, Hi5 and many other OpenSocial social networking sites.
hi5 Networks announced the launch of two new music services on its social network through collaborations with iLike and Qloud. iLike and Qloud each launched an application on hi5 by leveraging the common set of OpenSocial APIs to deliver new music services to hi5′s more than 70 million registered membersâ€“ making these the first applications using OpenSocial to go live on hi5.
The iLike application will enable hi5 users to post songs and videos on their profiles. Artists who previously had to maintain a separate presence on hi5 can now reach their fans on hi5 via the iLike Universal Artist Dashboard, which will also syndicate their content on other channels across the Web.
The Qloud My Music application will also now be available to the international hi5 population. By installing the My Music application, users can immediately see and legally play entire songs and videos from their complete iTunes libraries within their hi5 profile. My Music also allows users to see and play online the iTunes libraries of their friends, view and exchange playlists with their friends, browse and play the most popular songs among their social groups, and add their hi5 friends’ songs to their own hi5 profile libraries.
Pluck Corporation will connect the Pluck SiteLife social media platform with Facebook and OpenSocial APIs to link the audiences of the worldâ€™s top media properties and social networking sites. As a result, Pluck customers, which include over 200 of the worldâ€™s largest media web sites, will be able to share social media contributions and audiences with top social networks, such as Facebook and MySpace. The first media companies to test and take advantage of the new APIs to expand their reach online include Gannett, Reuters, Discovery Communications, The Washington Post, The Economist, Freedom Interactive, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Rodale and Meredith Corporation.
The Pluck SiteLife integration with Facebook will be available to Pluck customers in Q1 2008, with support for OpenSocial available in mid-2008.
Pluckâ€™s SiteLife Social Media Suite is the industry-leading solution for enabling rich interactivity and social networking for online publishers, brands and retailers. SiteLife includes a comprehensive set of capabilities for blogs, story comments, photo and video submissions, forums, ratings, recommendations and reviews, all tied together with social networking via user Personas.
Userplane will be releasing OpenSocial APIs, allowing OpenSocial application developers to integrate Userplane apps, such as Webchat, Webmessenger and Webrecorder, within their applications.
These products can be completely integrated into the OpenSocial ecosystem, giving developers access to integrate any Userplane app into their OpenSocial application. Userplane also will release OpenSocial applications of its own, to showcase Userplane technology.
In addition, application developers can use the Userplane Money API to deliver ads within their OpenSocial applications. The revenue sharing system provides virtually instant payout for any volume of display ad units. Currently, Userplane serves tens of millions of daily ad impressions for Facebook developers, providing a very attractive and stable monetization strategy.