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Google OpenSocial launch partners: hosts and developers

November 1st, 2007 Posted in Uncategorized

Google’s OpenSocial is expected to launch with a number of partners. So who are these partners and what do they do?

According to Techcrunch OpenSocial launch partners are divided into two groups: hosts and developers. The launch partners are identified in a photo that Techcrunch included here (photo posted below). The origin of the photo is not cited.

Below I have sourced a few lines on each of the rumored OpenSocial launch partners, for the most part in their own words:


Friendster: “With more than 50 million members worldwide, Friendster is a leading global online social network. Friendster is focused on helping people stay in touch with friends and discover new people and things that are important to them.” Source

hi5: “hi5 is a global brand for young people, where over 50 million members have established accounts and personal pages. From Miami to Mumbai, Lima to Lisbon, Sydney to San Francisco, hi5 is the place where young people come to stay in touch with friends, meet new people, create & explore content, and express themselves.” Source

LinkedIn: “LinkedIn is an online network of more than 15 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries… (Your profile) summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and partners.” Source

Ning: “Ning is the only online service where you can create, customize, and share your own Social Network for free in seconds… We wanted to see what would happen if everyone had the freedom to create their own social network for anything.” Source

Oracle: “Oracle’s business is information—how to manage it, use it, share it, protect it. For nearly three decades, Oracle, the world’s largest enterprise software company, has provided the software and services that let organizations get the most up-to-date and accurate information from their business systems.” Source

Orkut: “Social networking and discussion site operated by Google …orkut’s social network can help you maintain existing relationships with pictures and messages, and establish new ones by reaching out to people you’ve never met before...orkut makes it easy to find people who share your hobbies and interests, look for romantic connections or establish new business contacts.” Source

Plaxo: “Plaxo, Inc. keeps people connected by solving the common and frustrating problem of out-of-date contact information. …Provides a free service that securely updates and maintains the information in your address book.” Source “, inc. is the provider of application services that allow organizations to share customer information on demand. It provides customer relationship management (CRM) service to businesses of all sizes and industries worldwide. The Company delivers its service through a standard Web browser.” Source

Viadeo: “Join 1,600,000 business professionals on Viadeo and: Find clients, suppliers, colleagues or business partners; Increase your visibility for recruiters and partners; Exchange information in professional forums; Set up appointments and organise events; Discover the background, skills and interests of the people you work with; Get back in touch with former classmates or colleagues.” Source

iLike: “Discover new music with friends: Playlists. Share iTunes playlists with friends; New Music. Get music picks and free MP3s to match your tastes; Concerts. Get notified when your favorite artists are playing near you.” Source

Flixter: “Flixster is a community for movie fans of all shapes and sizes. Whether you are a die-hard horror fan or lover of romantic comedies (or both), Flixster is a place where you can find others who share your taste and through them discover new movies that you will love. …Only a year old, Flixster is already one of the largest movie sites on the web with over 15 million registered users and over 500 million movie ratings.” Source

Rockyou: “RockYou is a leading provider of applications and widgets on the web. RockYou widgets include photo slideshows, glitter text, customized Facebook applications and voicemail accessories that are simple to use and enable people to frequently refresh their online style. Founded in 2006, RockYou has over 35 million users, serving over 180 million widget views per day in more than 200 countries. RockYou applications are customized for easy integration across all social networks including Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Friendster, Tagged and hi5. RockYou’s cost-effective, results-focused advertising platform is the largest Ad Network on Facebook and the most dynamic method for rapidly acquiring Facebook application users.” Source

Slide: “Slide is the largest personal media network in the world, reaching more than 134 million unique global viewers each month and 30 percent of the U.S. Internet audience. We help people express themselves and tell stories through personalized photos and videos created on and viewed anywhere on the web or desktop. …Slide widgets — including Slideshows, Guestbooks, SkinFlix and FunPix — are popular on top social networking and blog platforms, including MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, Friendster, Tagged, Piczo and Blogger. Slide is also the leading application developer on Facebook with more than 63 million applications installed, including SuperPoke and Top Friends, the most active application by more than four times that of any other 3rd party developer.” Source

OpenSocial Launch Partners
Image from Techcrunch

UPDATE: Several blogs are also mentioning Xing and Newsgator as launch partners.

UPDATE 2: Well, every one of the above did turn out to be launch partners, but it turns out the complete list was 70 individuals and companies long.

  1. 4 Responses to “Google OpenSocial launch partners: hosts and developers”

  2. By Steven Noble on Nov 1, 2007

    I wonder where Blogger fits into this mix? Surely that one’s a no-brainer.

  3. By Rod on Jan 27, 2009

    I have heard some movie sites are also going ot implement opensocial . mainly Filmjamr (a new totally cool movie site) , who have plans to integrate OpenID and Live ID . they have already integrated Facebook Connect.

    cool article…

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Open Social is Google's attempt to become the centre of social networking. The program's launch partners constitute top social networking application developers and 2nd tier social networking hosts.