Is Google launching a new competitor for Facebook or is it something completely new? And OpenSocial, what is that?
Well it is definitely not a competitor for Facebook. Google is not opening a new community website where you can share things with your friends. OpenSocial more a set of tools (API’s) for developers to create applications that will work on a lot of community websites.
So on one side you have the developers that create tools and on the other side you have the community websites and OpenSocial is in between to provide the developers of a set of API’s that can be used on a lot of community websites.
OpenSocial is providing 3 different sets of API’s
- Profile information (user data)
- Friends information (social graph)
- Activities (things that happen, News Feed type stuff)
In the next long video they explain the concept of OpenSocial