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Orkut launches OpenSocial applications

Google-owned social networking site Orkut.com has launched OpenSocial applications that allow users to add applications created by third party developers to their Orkut profile page. These applications enable users to interact with friends and customize their Orkut profile by adding games, music etc.

Google-owned social networking site Orkut.com has launched OpenSocial applications that allow users to add applications created by third party developers to their Orkut profile page. These applications enable users to interact with friends and customize their Orkut profile by adding games, music etc.

“With the launch of applications, Orkut users will get access to more new features every day, thereby improving the user experience at a faster rate. These applications will speed up innovation, unleash developers’ creativity, and make the internet even more enjoyable for users,” Vinay Goel, head of products, Google India, has said.

With over a dozen applications to choose from today and many more on the way, Orkut users can share their favourite books with other enthusiasts, tell their friends about favourite hangouts, and even play games with them. These applications are integrated into user profiles in the same manner as regular Orkut features like scrapbook or testimonials.

According to Orkut, all of the applications are built on the OpenSocial platform, which is a set of common APIs that enables developers to build social applications that run on many sites, all across the web. The launch of OpenSocial on Orkut means that developers can potentially reach tens of millions of Orkut users from around the world and hundreds of millions of new users through other OpenSocial container sites.

Indian developers contributed a number of applications, so apps on Orkut will also allow for a more desi experience on the site, Google has said. Hangout is one such application that enables Orkut users to schedule an event and invite friends to it. Be it a concert or a coffee meeting, Orkut users can now let their friends know where to ‘hang out’.

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