Friday, November 2, 2007

XMPP services as OpenSocial providers?

I'm just looking at the freshly-out OpenSocial API by Google, and a few others. While there's a lot of rationale behind how and why the Facebook platform works as we know it today, I understand such a system would be hard to use generally for a lot of social network providers, therefore the OpenSocial API is much simpler.

Looking at the API, it feels to me it perfectly fits some usual PEP-PIP-POP, (generally P.?P:) scenarios, and since some of the major XMPP server vendors contain a built-in webserver already, it shouldn't be hard to do as a module for them.

What would be the benefit of providing such API? Building systems on top of XMPP allows us to deploy services in the social web scene, which did not get jabber yet as much as it could be.

10 comments:

ralphm said...

Funny you should say that. I'm doing a presentation on just that next Wednesday at Web 2.0 Expo Berlin.

-- ralphm

Aadaam said...

Hi ralphm,

Originally I thought that Jaiku and pubsub will be the standard, and that was why Google bought them, unfortunately it didn't happen.

But it seems to me, jabber would be a good base for the activity feeds as well as for the feeds... person data (vCard) shouldn't be hard :)

Aadaam said...

eergh.. as weel for the friends network, srry

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