Web giants support open source social networking

March 26, 2008

Google launched the OpenSocial platform last October, hoping to create an open-source programming standard for social networking applications, such as those created for Facebook, MySpace, and Google's own Orkut. This week, Yahoo, Google and MySpace announced the creation of the OpenSocial Foundation, to launch in the next 90 days. Ultimately, the vision would allow your school to build a widget that works not just on MySpace, but on Google's Orkut as well as Hi5 and Bebo too.  Facebook runs on a different standard and is one of the few major sites that have yet to join the OpenSocial movement -- despite being the first to open up their Platform to application development in the first place.  Business Week