Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Clever embedding with Opensocial gadgets

A bunch of very cool features is about to appear in Opensocial 2.0. I will point out now two of them related to embedding content into html pages.

Everybody is used to embed youtube videos, slideshare presentations into there web pages, blogs, etc. But how about embedding an Opensocial gadget into an html page?
This is one of the features on todo list in opensocial. Sounds cooool, right?

Second thing is related but more for service providers. It is called Embedded Experiences. Let's see one of the usecases. Let's say I am a service provider - Youtube. I already have a way to embed my videos in another applications,
but all people can do is to watch videos (actually no interaction). If I want to allow people to comment it or rate, they have to go to youtube to do so by loosing the context. With Embedded Experiences it is now solved. I (as a service provider) supply my embed code with an Opensocial gadget and a url to embed. Then the gadget will render the youtube video on customers page and allow users to directly like/dislike video from the embed code (or some other functionality I want to support).

There are still some things to be done to fully implement it, but you got the idea!


  1. Thanks! I'm a net developer and an instructor for that profession, and I always emphasis the importance of clever embedding to my fellows. This could come in handy, mind if I spread it around?