Google Latitude, finally

February 10, 2009

I was waiting for this service since a long time ago, and although some little known sites were providing the service, none of them got a big impact on people using it. But now is Google who comes with this tool and I think is the right time to the big hit.

I gues that this is something available for Open Social, and if not I’m sure it will be very soon, as this tool goes hand to hand with social networking and is just a matter of time for someone to hit the nail on the head. I personally know people trying to put this type of tool together and sure there’s more out there.

Link: See where your friends are with Google Latitude


Open Social in any site? That’s right

December 5, 2008

Yesterday Google launches his beta (coming from Google that’s like final product) of Friend Connect that allows you to add Social capabilities to your website, or in his own words:

This service lets webmasters add social features to their sites by simply copying and pasting a few snippets of code — no advanced coding or technical background required.

Clean and simple, Google’s way I dear say, but I think the richest part of it is at the end of the article, where it says:

Additionally, websites that use Friend Connect become OpenSocial containers, capable of running applications created by the OpenSocial developer community.

That simple thing is the real power behind this tool, think just a minute and you will notice it… Not yet? Think another minute… There you go.

Link to the article: Google Friend Connect: now available

Video Games on Social Networks

November 13, 2008

Since first I heard of this I thought “well, of course” because what other thing does a person with other one than play? 😉

I think there is still a lot of things to explore about gaming on social networks and now a company launches a tool for every company that wants to add social capabilities to its games. The product name is Participate (Hmm, not so punchy).

The company behind this tool, Emote, has announce that it will be launching a game that makes use of this feature. The Hunter is a hunting simulator where you will be able to compete with your friends.

Ehmmm, well, I’m not sure if that’s a good choice to show the benefits of the tool, I mean, hunting? Are you sure? Of course there’s a lot of competition involved on hunting but why not something with no one against it?

Let’s see what happens when it gets released and what happens with the tool, but I can see a future of social gaming growing faster with each release of this type of tools.

Original Article: Emote Announces Participate Social Platform

Partuza is out there

August 22, 2008

I don’t know if you are familiar with Social Networking, but as it seems to be very popular these days I assume that you are. As Google tries to be in every place (God Syndrome?) they are in Social Networking as well, they have their own one called Orkut, but also they developed a standard to build applications for social networks, that is OpenSocial.

In order for a social network to allow developers build applications for their site they need to implement a so called container for this kind of apps, again there is an open source container called Shindig to solve this (you can have it in two flavors, Java or PHP), but the developer, the real worker on this system, still needs a place to test his app.

Usually you can test it on a development container on a social network but that’s not a comfortable way of developing, you know, so then Partuza showed up. In their words:

Do you wish you could develop and test your OpenSocial gadgets on your own local development machine or server? Or are you thinking of becoming an OpenSocial container but need an example of how you can get started?

If your answer to either of these questions is “yes,” you are in luck because Partuza was created to help with both of these problems.

That’s right, now you don’t have excuses to not develop your killer app for social networks, so start using this and be the next ones to revolutionize the web.

Article: Let’s get this Partuza started!