By Open They Really Mean Closed

This is hilarious. Google ignores MySpace. Facebook blocks Google’s Friend Connect.

Now that Google has launched Friend Connect, we’ve had a chance to evaluate the technology. We’ve found that it redistributes user information from Facebook to other developers without users’ knowledge, which doesn’t respect the privacy standards our users have come to expect and is a violation of our Terms of Service.

They all think they are open. Google and Facebook trying to out anti-open each other.

Weekend Fun: The OpenSocial Drinking Game

frovar_lg.jpgAll this talk of Google’s OpenSocial networking initiative reminds me of college, where yelling “Social!” at a party meant everyone drank. Which, when you think about it is a pretty good analogy for what Google is doing. It yells “OpenSocial” and partners line up to guzzle the sweet widget Kool-Aid (Goog-Aid?).
Let’s remove the metaphor and make OpenSocial a straight up drinking game. Fire up the frat boys (also known as your company’s sales team) and follow these simple rules.
Take a drink:

  • Every time a social network or app developer signs up, which, with 27 partners already could end the game quickly.
  • When a crestfallen Microsoft realizes people are buzzing about “OpenSocial” not Zune’s “the social.”
  • For every dollar above $700 Google stock hits.
  • For every dumb vampire, werewolf, zombie, pie-throwing, super-poking FBML widget that you’ll never have to write again.
  • Every time Google reminds you that Orkut is HUGE in Brazil.
  • For every crappy emo band on MySpace who can now more easily inflict their pained junior-high lyrics across a multitude of networks.
  • For every day Facebook holds out, patiently waiting for Google to call them and join the Open Social.

And finally, drown your sorrows when you realize the Google-Bot is now your god, and you bow before it. (Om recommends Bourbon for this segment of the drinking game.)