November 2, 2007

First Peek at OpenSocial Apps

Congratulations to Google for leading the way toward an open social web — and away from the Balkanization of many different little social web operating systems!
Also, congratulations to Joseph and Cam of Plaxo for being the very first to implement support for the new OpenSocial APIs in a live social network! And thanks to the RockYou team for all the help in making this stuff ready to go live before anyone else.
I just added the first OpenSocial app to my Dynamic Profile in Pulse. But you don’t need to join Plaxo to see it. Why? Because Pulse is a truly open social network. The users own their own personal info and content, control who can see it, and have the freedom to take it with them wherever they want. So here’s my personal lifestreaming widget:


The emoticon post came from a RockYou app written to the new OpenSocial API. I added the app to my professional profile in Pulse. Then I changed my status to “happy” and the new emoticon showed up on my profile — and in my Pulse stream for all my business network connections to see. And, that ended up in my lifestream, which you see above in the widget.
This is an historic moment. Let the open social web innovation begin!
John McCrea
VP of Marketing
Update:
We have temporarily taken down this app, due to some bugs discovered today. We apologize for the inconvenience. We are at the early phase of this, so expect some ups and downs…Your patience appreciated.

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Redgee Capili

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  • uday

    Cool implementation

  • http://ryanmekret.com/blog Ryan Merket

    Yeah, but can it be monetized? Why would I develop something I can’t make money off of?