On the back of their snub by [tag]Facebook[/tag], word on the webs is that [tag]Google[/tag] is preparing a social front end to Google apps.
Update: Looks like it’s been anounced, is called OpenSocial and will be live on Thursday. From this Techcrunch article:
OpenSocial…is a set of common APIs that application developers can use to create applications that work on any social networks (called “hosts”) that choose to participate.
I blogged a few months back here about the next big social networking thing being an `anywhere’ not a where:
the importance of applications in the next big (social networking) thing – and an inkling that a requirement to visit a particular environment in order to participate (or use a particular type of hardware) will be replaced by a suite of apps which allow you `feed’ future networks from other environments
I think increasingly that our presence online wil be tied around certain key applications which we can use in any environment (and subsequently add to of course) rather choosing the environment and then finding the best tools we can for the tasks we want to undertake.
Pretty obvious perhaps…