• Euan Adie

    I think you’ve got the wrong end of the stick. The Social Graph API isn’t anything to do with OpenSocial, which in any case is an open standard not controlled by Google any more. Check out the relevant Wikipedia page for background…

  • Josh Jacobson

    That is correct. Google still supports many OpenSocial features (email gadgets, widgets), and OpenSocial itself is a completely separate entity with a board that includes other companies.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    I’ve updated the headline to clarify this more, Euan. The story did say that these are two different things, and that since OpenSocial is about social APIs, this seems to be killing off OpenSocial, even if that’s not said. Google sent a statement saying they’re unrelated, and I asked for further clarification. Been over two hours now, still no word.

  • http://twitter.com/kevinmarks Kevin Marks

    Danny, I’m happy to explain both to you if you like. They are independent implementations that have some ideas in common. 
    OpenSocial is a common set of APIs for talking to sites that contain social data. 
    The Social Graph API provides access to the publicly connected links between sites for an individual via rel=”me” or for friends via rel=”friend” etc XFN relationships. It’s what Google used for the pre Google+ social search. you know, this one: http://www.google.com/s2/search/social
    I should do a blogpost on why this is a shame, shouldn’t I.

  • Euan Adie

    Yes, true, the story did make it clear and your point about Google+ cancelling out the need for open, shared networks stood in any case. Thanks for updating the headline though. 

    Wouldn’t be completely unsurprising if Google *did* jettison any use or support for OpenSocial, it never really went mainstream…

  • Anonymous

    As it happens, Google just delivered a new UI for iGoogle, which is powered by OpenSocial.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see OpenSocial-powered Google Plus gadgets appearing in people’s streams (similar to Wave gadgets for polls etc) …

  • http://twitter.com/schachin Kristine Schachinger

    The reasons behind this are most likely Google as a Trusted Identity Provider for the NSTIC. As Eric Schmidt G+ is an identity Network. They were credentialed in October. Once they begin to officially launch as a trusted provider the amount of data they would collect would pardon the colloquialism “freak people out”  – would also be irresponsible to share.