On Thursday, Google will announce their OpenSocial platform—an open API for social networks. Clearly a shot at challenging Facebook. I still have little interest in building apps on top of social networks, but the APIs for profile information and social graph will be very interesting.
Recently, in the Google category…
I received an invitation to the Google Mashup Editor a couple of days ago. I haven’t had time to really play with it yet, but I wanted to give my initial impressions.
When I first heard about it, I was under the impression it would be similar to Yahoo Pipes. While the idea is similar — primarily, using feeds as data input for building web apps — the implementation is completely different. Where Yahoo Pipes is a visual app builder, Google Mashup Editor is a web-based IDE. It consists of a text editor, feed viewer, and a test environment.
The real meat of GME is the
Now, here’s the $60,000 question: If the
<gm:> tags are simply template tags that turn into JS, why didn’t Google just release it as a library? It seems like it would be simpler — and more useful — to let people download a Google Mashup Library than to build an entire IDE around it and restrict applications to only living on their servers. But maybe that’s coming later.
As I said, I haven’t had much time to play with it yet, but hopefully I will get something built with it soon to really test out what it can do.