OpenSocial – Google Code has finally been launched.
There are many websites implementing OpenSocial, including Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING.
I’ve not yet had a chance to have an explore. At the moment, they have links to Orkut, (the Social network that Google have owned for some time now) – to create an application. I’ve got two accounts at Orkut. One seems to be associated with my Gmail address, the other is one I created quite a long time ago. Both seem to be active, and both equally unused.
Orkut has become very popular with Brazilians, as the demographics show! (which is, I think, why I never really got any further with using it)
However, OpenSocial is much more than just Orkut – there are some sample apps already. I’ve also got accounts with quite a few of the supported sites (Ning, LinkedIn). Facebook is clearly notable by its absence. I wonder if Elgg will appear in the list in the future.