New York times is reporting that Yahoo is set to join OpenSocial, the Google lead platform. OpenSocial is a set of common Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for web-based social network applications, developed by Google.
Applications implementing the OpenSocial APIs will be interoperable with any social network system that supports them, including features on sites such as Hi5.com, MySpace, Friendster and Orkut.
This is a scoop for Google. With Yahoo’s participation OpenSocial is to get the largest base of registered users.
Facebook Platform, the other major player in social networking, is highly successful.
It allows third parties to create applications that will run on Facebook. That's why you see lots of different application in the home page, every time you login to Facebook.
With Yahoo on-board OpenSocial, the social networking space is becoming much more clearer.