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Comment of the Day: Despite Concerns, OpenSocial Foundation a Positive Move

The big news today was the announcement of the OpenSocial Foundation, a joint effort by Google, Yahoo! and MySpace’s Newscorp. As we reported earlier today, the creation of an open, non-profit organization will assuage concerns about whether Google is exercising leadership or control with OpenSocial.

But there are other concerns. In the press call, which you can listen to on ReadWriteTalk, our own Marshall Kirkpatrick asked whether the foundation will splinter OpenSocial and Microsoft?

The answer was that “it’s an open standard, everyone is free to join it and should – presumably that includes Microsoft.” However Steve Gillmor wondered whether Microsoft was even invited!

Another concern is that the foundation only complicates OpenSocial. But what is the alternative? As commenter Clay Newton noted:

“…the landscape continues to get more and more complicated. That said, the alternative is to deal with a bunch of closed vendor platforms, which is not any less complicated.”

For that observation and for participating in the conversation, Clay you’ve won a $30 Amazon voucher – courtesy of our competition sponsors AdaptiveBlue and their Netflix Queue Widget.

What other concerns do you have about OpenSocial Foundation?

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