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Google OpenSocial Platforms: Orkut and iGoogle

April 22nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

Jia Chen from RockYou invited me to talk about Google OpenSocial platforms, Orkut and iGoogle during his talk at Web 2.0 Expo this morning: Building an App for Social Platforms.

It was a great sessions, with representative from hi5 and MySpace presenting their implementation of OpenSocial, and Jia and Raymond showing how to create an application that works on all networks. Here is a link to Raymond’s code sample.

OpenSocial provides a single technical specification, but policies (advertising or not) and features (extensions, which viral channels are open) may vary in each network, as well as user demography and interests, so this kind of session is very useful for application developers: right now there are 3 live OpenSocial social networks and there are already differences to know about.

Here are my slides for this talk.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dan Lester // Apr 23, 2008 at 12:09 pm


    Perhaps we can wait for things to settle down and then abstract the different policies into a ‘Container Policies’ API.

    So, there would be a way to find out at run-time whether the container allows ads in the profile/canvas etc.

    For now, it’s fine to check the container name and act accordingly. But when thousands of sites can host your gadget, it won’t be possible to keep tabs on all the different container rules.


  • 2 raghavan // Jun 22, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    I wanna know ,is there any orkut API to find whether an orkut user is online/offline

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