Yahoo, Myspace, Google Join OpenSocial Forces
Jarrett Martineau | March 25, 2008 at 01:46 pmby
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Yahoo, Google and MySpace said Tuesday that they would create the OpenSocial Foundation to maintain a neutral, community-governed forum for developing applications for social networks.
Google presented its OpenSocial network in November to lure developers who were already creating popular Web applications on social networks like Facebook.
Google, owner of the most popular Internet search engine, said the support of its rival Yahoo for the OpenSocial software would allow developers to put their programs on a broader range of social networking sites.
Teaming with Yahoo gives the alliance the backing of the most visited U.S. Web site. Google and sites like MySpace, the most popular online social network, have sought more programs to appeal to users as they compete for advertising revenue in a market that some analysts estimate could grow 69 percent over the next three years.
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