Well is this good or bad? .. I don't care lets just see what't about.
A open standard API helps a lot to save time ant at the end money. Most of us know stuff like POP3 or IMAP, http and so on. All the social networks have the problem, they can not provide all functionality by there own. So the created an API to let other provider get connected. Most famous is Facebook. But the problem now is each party has his own API and for developers it is really hard to support all of them! So the solution is create on API and get all (or most of them) to support this, and this is what Google did.
Thanks for this! I personally think it was really time for this.
- Open API - free to use from everybody
- Interface for server and client
- Define the most imported subset for application provider
- Develop once - share one application in may networks
What it's not!
It does not solve yet the problem of having accounts in many networks (as far as I understand!). I have a account in XING (famous in Germany), LinkedIn, Facebook and others, because friend of mine are in different Networks. The problem I liked so solved is, all my friends in a super network!
Tags: see "Tag Management" Is there a solution for this available? As far as I understood the API don't support tag interactions.
Identifications: No identifications method as OpenID is supported.
So we (users) still have to wait for a solution to manage our accounts in the net :(