iGoogle + OpenSocial = Social Network?

John Musser, April 22nd, 2008

iGoogle, Google’s personalized homepage is on its way to becoming a of social network thanks to their just announced adoption of the OpenSocial API. In particular, the just launched developer sandbox will allow gadgets on iGoogle will be able to access friends’ data and to create “activity streams” (akin to the Facebook news feed). Shown below is the Updates Gadget where using the OpenSocial API “you can post updates to the updates gadget. Users will be able to see updates generated from their friends’ gadgets, encouraging content sharing.”


As this is in ’sandbox’ mode, this feature set is available only to developers and is not yet rolled-out to the general iGoogle population.

The Google team have updated their iGoogle developer docs and FAQ with more details. There’s also a new video from Google demonstrating the new features.

Many are interpreting this as a hint of things to come. And as VentureBeat’s MG Siegler asks “Who needs to login to Facebook when all your friend’s updates are right there on your homepage?”.

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4 Responses to “iGoogle + OpenSocial = Social Network?”

April 23rd, 2008
at 9:29 am
Comment by: The Dashboard Changeth - iGoogle and Social Networking « PhilSpace

[...] iGoogle and Social Networking Wow. Looks like Google is getting into the Start Page Race with iGoogle and OpenSocial.  The Dashboard project I was working on became a lot more interesting – since I [...]

April 25th, 2008
at 4:11 am
Comment by: The Yahoo Operating System

[...] this announcement comes only days after Google announced iGoogle is becoming a social network, Ari stated that “We are not creating another social network. We will rewire the entire [...]

October 31st, 2008
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December 14th, 2008
at 10:47 pm
Comment by: Panduan Memilih Google FriendConnect atau Facebook Connect | NavinoT

[...] sudah pernah di-preview (lewat gadget developer toolbox) tapi belum bisa dikonsumsi publik. Namanya google friend activity. Ini mirip stream di facebook, MyBlogLog dan layanan lifestrem lain. Hanya saja sepertinya dibatasi [...]

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