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OpenSocial First Impressions

11/04/2007

This weekend I spent some time experimenting with OpenSocial a bit and watching the flow of comments in Google’s opensocial developer forum . First of all, it’s not really of much use to me at the moment as they haven’t yet launched the “Data” part of their API, which will eventually allow RESTful access to profile data on OpenSocial containers. That means I’m left to watch from the sidelines as folks muddle through writing widgets. Bottom line: it seems like an early Beta at best, and there are lots of unanswered questions ranging from security concerns to how “open” the API revision process will be to how exactly new members can join the OpenSocial “club”. Unless you want to deal with early-adopter/beta tester issues, give it a month or so before you jump onboard.

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