Welcome to the OpenSocial Resource Center. Google's OpenSocial is a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) for building social network applications that can run on multiple social networks (so long as they support OpenSocial APIs). Start your search here for the latest OpenSocial articles, books, FAQs, components, conferences, videos and tutorials. In the OpenSocial Resource Center, you'll find links to:
- The article, “OpenSocial: A New Universe of Social Applications All Over the Web,” by Marc Andreessen (co-founder of Ning).
- The OpenSocial API documentation from Google.
- The OpenSocial API Developers Guide, which discusses writing a social gadget, importing the OpenSocial library, getting basic information and more.
- The article, "Google Developing OpenSocial," by Mae Kowalke.
- The article, “Questions About OpenSocial Answered,” from Concrete Web Developers.
- The article, "Thank You Google for OpenSocial (Or, Why OpenSocial Really Matters)," by Alex Iskold.
- The article, “OpenSocial, Killer Apps and Regular People,” from Six Apart.
- The tutorials, “How to Build Your First Social Gadget,” and “How to Read and Write Shared Social Data,” from Google.
- Google’s OpenSocial Campfire One videos (a series of six videos) that provide an overview of OpenSocial.
- Google OpenSocial resources, including code, documentation, APIs, FAQ, interviews, example applications, tutorials and more.
- The OpenSocial API Blog from Google that discusses implementing OpenSocial for a website, privacy, security and more.
- The article, “13 Power User Tips for OpenSocial Developers,” from Newsvine.
- The article, “Thanks to OpenID and OAuth, the Open Social Web Beginning to Emerge,” by Scott Gilbertson.
- The article, "Google's Social Design Best Practices," by Joshua Porter.
- The research paper, “Social Network Websites: Best Practices from Leading Services,” from Fabernovel Consulting.
- The article, “Google Gadgets Go Into the Wild,” by Susan Kuchinskas.
- The article, “We Are Opening the Social Graph,” from Six Apart.
- Components including OAuth, an open protocol for secure API authentication, and XFN™ (XHTML Friends Network), which is used for representing relationships using hyperlinks.
- OpenSocial books, FAQs, newsgroups, videos, tutorials, conferences, components and microformats.
- And more...