OpenSocial and the Google Patent Filings

Over the past few months, Google has been publishing a number of patent applications about adding customized applications (modules) from third party developers (sources other than Google) to a wide variety of personalized web pages.

These seemed to cover much more than the creation of add-on content for Google’s personalized homepage, though they use that page as an example. Just who were the third party developers mentioned? Who would be the non-Google suppliers of data described?

The filings made more sense after Google announced their Opensocial program — OpenSocial makes the web better. These patent documents don’t use the term “opensocial” but they describe something very similar to Google’s offering.

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Green Communities and Social Networks

The Web provides opportunities for people who share common interests to find each other, and engage in conversations.

While I was in Washington on Friday, I got a kick out of watching a duck enjoying the cool mist rising up from the water flowing from the reflecting pool into the World War II Memorial, almost oblivious to the crowds of school kids and tourists running around the attractions.

A Washington Duck Watches Over the Memorials

Technology is allowing people to engage in conversations about our environment, and there are a number of social networking sites were these discussions are taking place.

Here are some of the green social networking sites that I found searching around the Web.

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Mr. Slawski Goes to Washington

Ok, I don’t usually refer to myself in the third person, but I will be hopping on a train a little later this morning to head down to Washington, D.C., and spending part of the day (ok, a lot of the day) there. I couldn’t resist the allusion to one of my favorite movies while growing up. I’m looking to seeing some of the memorials while I’m there, including the World War II memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial.

I had the chance to visit with Jim Hedger and Dave Davies yesterday afternoon on their weekly radio show on Webmaster Radio. Don’t miss Dave’s post on personalization.

I also had the chance to talk with Eric Enge in a podcast presentation at Stone Temple Consulting, a couple of weeks back, about how search engines may rerank results based upon any number of factors. Eric has a write up of the podcast at Search Engine Watch – Search Engines and User Query Intent, and the the podcast itself (with transcript) is at Bill Slawski Podcast with Eric Enge.

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