OpenSocial does a tremendous job of attempting to standardize the way that we interact with our online selves and the way that this social data is defined. At the same time, movements that complement these interactions are taking root within online communities. These distributed web frameworks can provide us with a standardization of activity data, a protocol for syndicating activities to sources outside a container, or even a means for linking our social selves with traditionally static entities.
Due to the incredible capabilities of these frameworks to define methods for expanding a container’s reach and access to social data outside the container, the OpenSocial foundation is exploring methods for integrating them into the specification.
Distributed web technologies, and their benefits, are the subject of the next section.