OpenSocial, which we've always maintained is a surprisingly elegant PR scam, isn't due out until next year. Facebook continues to add 100 (still entirely useless) apps a day to its now purportedly open platform. So is there any point to Google's OpenSocial anymore? Sure there is. Just ask the guy whose career at Google depends on it.
"In the classic kind of platform world, what typically happens is there's a lot of work that goes on that isn't consumer-visible," Kraus said. Which of course means, Trust us. We're Google.