Have you read the news about the recently started OpenSocial Foundation formed by Yahoo!, Google, and MySpace?
Its goal of "building social applications across the Web" is exactly what I've been waiting for — a way to share data across multiple networks. I, for one, am tired of having to maintain my separate accounts. I would love a way to share data between my LinkedIn, Ning, and MySpace accounts.
OpenSocial lists lots of players that are currently implementing the OpenSocial API, including: Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING. Too bad FaceBook isn't one of them.... yet. On Publishing 2.0, Scott Karp has a nice article that tries to answer the question of Why Isn't FaceBook Involved.
This video (from CampfireOne) briefly introduces the OpenSocial API and explains how its API for social applications enable developers to create apps that access a social network's friends and update feeds.
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