Yahoo! will be among the major players in the community governed OpenSocial headed up by competitor Google. With this news, more than 500 million people will be able to connect using the open social standards that will be offered by the foundation.
“Yahoo! believes in supporting community-driven industry specifications and expects that OpenSocial will fuel innovation and make the web more relevant and more enjoyable to millions of users,” said Wade Chambers, Vice President – Platforms for Yahoo!. “Our support builds on similar efforts with the OpenID community and will expand the opportunity for developers and publishers to benefit from an open and increasingly social web.”
The organization is expected to be formerly created in the next 90 days by Yahoo!, MySpace, and Google. Other members include Bebo, LinkedIn, and Plaxo, among others. Yahoo! is yet to actually implement OpenSocial standards.
As more and more people create virtual lives online, including hundreds of online relationships and contacts as well as profiles and photo albums, data portability is needed more than ever. Without a common set of standards, people have to recreate data over and over again as they use different platforms that achieve different purposes. OpenSocial will be the basis of development for social programs whether they be for contacts, photos, mail or messaging, or whatever. Setting forth a common set of principles and a common structure, data should be portable between social applications all over the web.