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From "Franklin, Matthew B." <>
Subject RE: iGoogle
Date Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:20:21 GMT
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Marcel Offermans []
>Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 1:47 AM
>Subject: Re: iGoogle
>Judging from the comment that there will probably be a "data liberation
>policy" my interpretation is that Google is dropping OpenSocial completely,
>and not migrating it to for example Google+.
>Conceptually, being able to have widgets that run together on a dashboard
>and have well defined APIs to interact with each other is still very relevant in
>my opinion. Whilst we might be moving more towards "Apps" right now, I
>think it would be a mistake to try and isolate those from each other
>completely. I do think we should keep our eyes open and try to collaborate
>with anybody that is doing similar things in order to keep providing the "best
>of both worlds".

The OpenSocial Foundation is still pushing the spec forward, and really has been for quite
a while without a ton of direct help from Google.  Things like embedded experiences (created
by IBM) show that the spec continues to innovate and the companies behind it all consider
it of strategic importance.  I think alignment with other things is always a good idea, but
I personally don't expect OpenSocial to go anywhere anytime soon.  

>Greetings, Marcel
>On Jul 11, 2012, at 6:04 AM, Davies,Douglas wrote:
>> Ya, I saw that thread but the answer seemed kind of vague. It's still unclear
>to me what other google products are utilizing opensocial and whether they'll
>be abandoning it as well. I guess whether google is supporting it or not at this
>point is irrelevant, but there are concerns around my company that this spells
>the doom of opensocial and we should be looking at other alternatives. I don't
>see it that way but others are.
>> Doug
>> Sent from my iPad
>> On Jul 9, 2012, at 3:15 PM, "Ryan Baxter" <> wrote:
>>> Doug, Paul had responded to a similar thread on the OpenSocial spec list
>>> [1].
>>> [1]
>>> On Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM, daviesd <> wrote:
>>>> Anyone have any opinion what the shutdown of iGoogle means for
>>>> support of OpenSocial?  I¹m assuming (but don¹t know for sure) that
>>>> Google+,
>>>> etc. use opensocial (or at least google gadgets)?  Doesn¹t this just mean
>>>> that Google+ might become the new home for installing gadgets?  I know
>>>> Googlers probably can¹t comment on this.  Just wondering if this has any
>>>> bearing on opensocial.
>>>> doug

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