What Will Google's OpenSocial Mean for Nonprofits?

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Tomorrow Google will launch OpenSocial.

ZDNet's post, Google's OpenSocial: What it Means explains what it will be:

"[T]he set of APIs allows developers to create applications that work on any social network that joins Google's open party. So far, besides Google's Orkut social net, LinkedIn, hi5, XING, Friendster, Plaxo and Ning (see Marc Andreessen's post) have joined the party.

Oracle and salesforce.com are also supporting Google's OpenSocial efforts, which indicates that they have plans to add social networking elements to their application platforms."

According to the same ZDNet post, MySpace is also planning to open its platform to developers.

In his post, Why the Vast Majority of Nonprofits Can't Take Advantage of OpenSocial, Allan Benamer of the Non-profit Tech Blog writes:

"[Y]our average nonprofit will not be able to take advantage of this development in a meaningful way. There's no doubt that a few will be able to do so but that's because they've already adopted the infrastructure and skill sets that would allow for rapid adoption for new technology. As I outlined in a couple of earlier posts, if you're not even state-of-2005 in your application development practices, don't bother with OpenSocial. Basically, your IT architecture needs to be able to handle hundreds and then eventually thousands of requests per minute and you need to do some seriously rapid application development. If you're not using EC2 or a web framework like Django or Ruby on Rails or even an agile methodology, forget about it. You're toast. However, I suspect only ventures that are VC-backed will be quick enough to do this."

What do you think Google's OpenSocial will mean for nonprofits? Share your thoughts in the comments or post a link to your blog post about the topic.

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