Google’s OpenSocial

Google OpenSocialGoogle’s OpenSocial is definitely a shot across the bow of Facebook. Google’s idea is to create a common API that can be accessed by any social network to exchange data with them. Out of the gate, Google’s already gotten support from Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart (Vox, LiveJournal, TypePad), Tianji, Viadeo, and XING. This is big news that will no doubt impact the social web for the next several years.

What’s the next step for Google? A: World domination.

API Mashup

Wouldn’t it be cool if someone came up with a way to get CampaignMonitor and Basecamp to communicate? We use both of these tools in our day-to-day operations. We use Basecamp to manage all of our projects, and with each project we have a number of contacts listed for each of our clients. I’d love for their to be some sort of automated way to make sure each of the contacts we have listed in Basecamp are also added to a mailing list within CampaignMonitor… Not sure if anyone has done this sort of thing before, but I figure since there is an API available for both apps, this is surely possible.