The OpenSocial API by Google

OpenSocial is currently being developed by Google in conjunction with members of the web community. With OpenSocial, you can build apps that easily interact with your friends and colleagues. OpenSocial provides a common set of APIs for social applications across multiple websites. With standard JavaScript and HTML, developers can create apps that access a social network’s friends and update feeds. Common APIs mean you have less to learn to build for multiple websites.

OpenSocial is built upon Google Gadget technology. With the Google Gadget Editor and a simple key/value API, you can build a complete social app with no server at all. You can also host your application on your own servers if you prefer.

There are many websites implementing OpenSocial, including Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, etc..

A developer can create social applications for the millions of global Orkut users. Orkut now supports OpenSocial, the common set of APIs, HTML, and JavaScript designed to let developers easily build social applications. Because Orkut uses the OpenSocial APIs, the same APIs that you use on Orkut can be used to build social apps for other websites supporting OpenSocial.

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