Facebook is all the rage today for it’s open API, which has led to all kinds of apps being created for the social networking darling of the moment. Of course, that also means they’re squarely inside the crosshairs of a host of other companies looking to do the same thing.
Well, Google is spearheading a set of social networking APIs called OpenSocial (also here, here, and a screencast here) which will allow the same kind of functionality across a host of different sites — including MySpace, Friendster, Ning, Orkut, etc. — and will make it easier on app developers by letting them write code for an open system instead of a closed, proprietary one.
By teaming with others, Google hopes to create a rival platform that could have broad appeal to developers. A person briefed on the plans said the sites in the alliance had a combined 100 million users, more than double the size of Facebook.
Some doubt if this new platform will work, but I have faith in the power of open systems. Should be interesting to watch how it all plays out at any rate.