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Is Google Open Social that bad?

CNet (opens in new tab) argues that Google's new Social networking proposal, Open Social, could potentially have devastating effect on user's privacy.

Google has released a bunch of Application Programme Interfaces or APIs whose aim is to facilitate the production of widgets that can communicate between themselves and share information with the Social networks themselves.

In effect, Google wants to implement a "write once, use everywhere" java-like ecosystem and avoid the problems caused by having multiple platforms - that what happened for example, when a developer has to code for several gaming platforms.

But the Open Social initiative is not without dangers; the members of the Open Social Initiative have to be careful not to melt in the OSI crowd and disappear.

Plaxo and Linkedin are the ones most at risk as they are highly regarded by the corporate sector.

Finally, there's also the S word, Security. It is not known, for now, whether vulnerability in one of the websites or in one of the widgets would affect the whole ecosystem.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.