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OpenSocial API

Note: This is an API standard used by many API providers, not just Google. For all compatible APIs listed on ProgrammableWeb, use the opensocial tag. OpenSocial provides a common set of APIs for social applications across multiple websites. With standard JavaScript and HTML, developers can create apps that access a social networks friends and update feeds. There are two ways to access the OpenSocial API: client-side using the JavaScript API and server-side using RESTful data APIs.

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OpenSocial: Highlights

Common APIs for building social applications
JavaScript, REST, Atom, GData
Data Formats
API home
https://opensocial.atlassian.net/display/OS/H ... 

OpenSocial: Specifications


Client Install Required
Service Endpoint
Varies by provider

Signup and Licensing

Signup Requirements
Varies by provider  
Developer Key Required
Account Required
Commercial Licensing
API is Apache 2.0 and Creative Commons licensed  
Non-Commercial Lic.
Data Licensing
Usage Fees
Program Fees
Certification Program
Usage Limits
Terms of Service
Google OpenSocial Terms of Service 


Authentication Model
Varies by provider 
SSL Support
Read-only Without Login


Vendor API Kits
Community API Kits
API Blog
Site Blog
API Forum
OpenSocial API Google Group 
Developer Support
Dev Articles, FAQ 
Console URL

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Mashups, Developers & Source Code

Developers using OpenSocial[ Add me ]

  • ankit_the_hawk
  • gculliss
  • mikedigitalegg
  • schuon
  • thefonseca

Source Code for OpenSocial[ Add a source code link ]

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November 14, 2007
at 13:50
Comment by: Joel R. Voss

I am happy about the wide support of this api. Hopefully it will allow me to replace my Myspace scraper with an opensocial call. I'll believe it when I see it.

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