Viacom's Flux will support Google's OpenSocial
Despite initial concerns about how secure the social-networking developer standard would be, the media giant says its community-site platform will implement OpenSocial compatibility soon.
Flux, the social-networking initiative started by media giant Viacom, will officially support Google's OpenSocial standard. The developer site for Flux now says that OpenSocial implementation is "coming soon."
Flux, still in an early phase, was one of the few high-profile social networks that had not yet opted to partake in Google's developer standard. MySpace.com, Bebo, LinkedIn, and just about every other name in social media (except Facebook, which has opted to stick with its own developer platform, at least for now) had announced support for OpenSocial, and several have already. A source close to Flux told CNET News.com that Viacom had held off in part over how secure the brand-new standard was in its earliest releases.
David Glazer, engineering director for OpenSocial at Google, said to CNET News.com on Thursday that version 0.6 of OpenSocial's application programming interface (API) specification contained large improvements over version 0.5, and that version 0.7, which was released to developers on February 6, contained additional incremental security upgrades.
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