We're on site at the MySpace office in San Francisco for the OpenSocial first birthday celebration. Presentations were given by social networking application development companies such as RockYou, containers (websites which integrate an application development interface to allow user-built applications) such as Yahoo!, Linkedin, Orkut, and Hi5 as well as official talks from Google and MySpace on some of the standards.
As the OpenSocial developer community grows its base among official containers and independent application developers, the main focus for the future of OpenSocial is to encourage all individuals, regardless of company affiliation, to contribute to the community as a whole. At today's event we saw the true meaning of open and social, where companies who've traditionally been at odds are sharing impressive technologies. Competitors are allowing open access to their platforms and tools with the hope of delivering an ungated community for developers and all users as a whole.
With the introduction of the new OpenSocial 0.9 standards, the focus returns to the need for community input. From application hosting containers to individual developers, you can contribute back your ideas by participating in the OpenSocial groups or on the mailing list. As part of today's hands-on event, container crawls introduced developers to OpenSocial containers from around the world. Developers tried their hands at migrating their applications onto a variety of containers within the span of an hour. Grand prizes of t-shirts and schwag were raffled off by the containers!
The social web is growing, and it's tearing down the walls of traditionally closed companies, bringing developers together to share experiences and learn from each other. It's a great time to be a developer where everything you could ever want to do is right at your fingertips.
Event Photos from the Desk of Tom Hughes-Croucher
You can find more photos at http://flickr.com/photos/opensocial1stbirthday/
Senior Software Engineer / Evangelist
Yahoo! Developer Network