In an unprecedented announcement, MySpace (about an hour ago) confirmed their participation in Google's latest endeavor of standardizing social networks. Reportedly available tomorrow, Google will announce and release a series of API standards for making the utility of social networks universal, dubbed OpenSocial.On the heels of Facebook's May release of an open developer network (which isn't so "open" since it only works on their site) this (OpenSocial) will likely become the de facto standard.
So MySpace is by far the largest player but who else will support OpenSocial? Ehh... Bebo, Engage.com, Friendster, Hi5, Hyves, Imeem, LinkedIn, Ning, Oracle, Orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart (the parent company of TypePad, Movable Type, LiveJournal, and Vox), Tianji, Viadeo, and Xing.
That ought to give a certain few a run for their money... Oh... and MyVector?? Have you seen all the new stuff? And yes, we will be drinking the OpenSocial kool-aid soon enough. Portability and utility... that's what we're all about!
Till the next ramblings...