And OpenSocial 0.7 hits the door. Too sad I don’t have John Battelle’s balls to write down and publish predictions, otherwise I could be bragging about having expected “a serious version not until the end of January”, as I suggested to a few colleagues. :-P
Taking off the bugfixes, I would like to emphasize the following features (condensed from the release notes):* Standardized profile information fields. (…) standard fields that you can access about a
Person(…) include location, schools, pets, movies, sports, and more.(…)
- Support for viral growth. (…) You can invite a user’s friends to install your application (…) You can also send an application-specific message (…)
At the same time of this release, Google announces an important step for
content container and app developers: the Google Gadgets specification (already used by Orkut and several other containers), which was not per se part of OpenSocial, will have a reference application handed over to Apache. This clarifies one big source of confusion, signaling the developers with more effective universality for apps developed for the platform.