I just realised there’s no good executive summary for OpenSocial. Every resource fluffs about the “social” aspect and forgets about the UI aspect. The UI aspect, essentially a gadget specification, is just as important as the social aspect, notwithstanding its absence from the “OpenSocial” brand name. I’m not a fan of the name “OpenSocial” for this reason, though I acknowledge it does have more attention-grabbing bling than “open social widget framework 1.0”. In any event, it’s regrettable that most commentators gobble it up hook, line, and sinker; as evidenced by their almost exclusive focus on the social angle.
With no further ado, here’s my attempt at a one-paragraph summary of OpenSocial …
OpenSocial Executive Summary