Life is not going to be the same again on the web, thanks to OpenSocial. To me, a non-techie, OpenSocial is like a super highway that conveniently connects to social websites that are affiliated to it. When you catch the ‘highway’ you’re able to reach any of the affiliated social sites seamlessly.
More importantly, when you’re riding the ‘highway’ you as a user can distribute your contents to the combined population of all the affiliated websites.
A similar example may be that of being a Google account holder. When you’re one such, you can with a single identity access many Google properties. It makes your multiple web tasks easier provided you do them with Google’s products.
Like Google, Yahoo too is permitting access to its properties like mail, MyBlogLog and Flickr with a single identity.
Earlier social sites were like islands with no connection among them because each was someone’s standalone property. OpenSocial connects them, thus opening the floodgates of seamless mixing among the users of all those sites. This will also see hundreds of more social websites debuting shortly.
One is tempted to imagine that there may soon be 2 more social highways albeit less busy than Google’s – that of Yahoo’s and Microsoft’s each with their own loyal social websites.
Herein below is the video in which Google explains what the new concept is about.