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Facebook Counters OpenSocial; Bebo Playing Both Sides

Facebook is ready to counterattack Google’s (NSDQ: GOOG) OpenSocial. The site revealed today that its Facebook Platform would be made available to other social networking sites, allowing developers to easily port Facebook apps to sites that adopt the standard. Facebook’s Ami Vora explained the move on the company’s developer site: “Now we also want to share the benefits of our work by enabling other social sites to use our platform architecture as a model. In fact, we

2 Responses to “Facebook Counters OpenSocial; Bebo Playing Both Sides”

  1. This me-too gesture coming so quickly after the Beacon blunder will only taint it as the exploitative and commercialized alternative to an open system. The public perception of Google is still one of trust; this is no longer the case with naughty, naughty Facebook.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see companies align with one camp or the other based upon their own business ideologies. i.e. I expect to see lots more Facebook (now "universal") applications that primarily harvest marketing data while providing only superficial value to a "young adult" audience…