The two big online masters Yahoo! and Google have joined there hands together to support the OpenSocial developer platform for social networking sites. OpenSocial is an open, community-governed specification for building social applications across the web.
Yahoo! has joined leading social networks such as MySpace, Bebo and LinkedIn to support the project, which Google has described as a non-commercial initiative that will work with external developers to enhance and improve the platform.
The list of partners include: Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING. The most conspicuous absentee from the alliance is Facebook, which has a developer platform of its own.