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Does Anyone Care About OpenSocial?

Alex Christie

19 December 2007

After all the hot air from doomsayers regarding OpenSocial, the so called coalition of the willing.  My question is this: Does anybody care? Ok, so there are benefits to a social operating system standard, but in the North America, Canada and the UK, the standard is facebook.

According to Adonomics.com (as of 10am London GMT 19th Dec 2007)

  • There are 726,162,713 installs across 11,742 apps on facebook with over 168,000 developers currently evaluating the platform.
  • These applications were used 37,547,938 times in the last 24 hours and have a combined valuation of $366,644,429.
  • Facebook has approximately 56 million Unique Active Users in the past 30 days and a valuation of $16.8 billion.
  • This translates to $300 per active user.

OpenSocial 0.5 isn’t ready yet and facebook have already announce that they are going to license their API to other platforms.

As we saw last week, Bebo adopted facebook’s API – so things are looking pretty shaky for Google’s coalition.

Just for the record, I’m a big fan of Open Source technology and the philosophy, but Open Source needs to reach maturity. Given that facebook’s founders have built their platform on top of mature Open Source technology I expect they too will share the philosophical stance on keeping it things as open as possible.

In conclusion:-

OpenSocial = The New Betamax

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