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Making social networking applications just got easier, and therefore harder…

November 4th, 2007 Posted in Uncategorized

The more I read about OpenSocial the more I realise how many thousands of apps there are going to be by Christmas. If they are as easy to build and deploy as Google’s launch partners are boasting, we’re in for a deluge.

As William Tan points out, even if making an app just became a whole lot easier, if anything, the challenge of how to make your app engaging, addictive and viral has become far greater. There is going to be a whole lot more competition out there…

Having a crack at building an OpenSocial app

On a side note, Google are allowing developer registration for Orkut OpenSocial Sandbox accounts. Impatient developers are wondering how long it’s going to take to be granted access, so don’t expect to get in immediately.

  1. One Response to “Making social networking applications just got easier, and therefore harder…”

  2. By Fabian Argento on Aug 30, 2008

    Hi Tim, great blog!
    I think that William and you have a point in that there will be more competition and as a result an app will need to be better to jump over the crowd.
    However, in any market (or environment, or system, you name it) when things get easier it gets populated with tons of content (or apps or whatever) but this does not guarantees the quality of the contents. So, maybe there will be 1 million apps and each one will have a small share, but only few apps will have real success and it will last until the next big app appears.

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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.