Monday, August 25, 2008


OpenSocial is an API created by Google to provide a standard way to embed small apps in social web sites. It specifies a container format for embedding HTML and Javascript in a site and specifies an API how to access the site through Javascript. This way it's easily possible to write small apps which interact with the data about people and their activities which is provided by the site.

With version 0.8 OpenSocial also specifies a REST API to access container servers. This makes it much more interesting as it's not tied into specific web sites, but the data gets accessible much more widely, especially on the desktop. I still have to find a site which actually implements this API, though.

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