Yahoo announced Tuesday it is joining Google and MySpace to form the OpenSocial Foundation to further the effort Google started last year to promote universal development standards for social networking sites, reports News.com.
Google announced the initial effort after a rash of announcements last fall that social-networking sites would follow Facebook's lead and develop their own platforms. LinkedIn, Bebo, Plaxo and a host of smaller social networks joined the effort to create a common standard, but Facebook has not. This move could put pressure on it to do so, however, reports The Wall Street Journal.
It says the foundation will focus on technology, documentation and intellectual property, with plans to have assets in place by July 1.