Hamburg based moviemates pinged us about their brand new OpenSocial Gadget. To my knowledge this makes them the first company from Germany to come up with a working application for this Google led initiative to plug in appications and services into every participating network (Xing and Amiando have been official launch partners, but they have not implemented the API as container or developed an application yet.)
adding moviemates in Orkut
The moviemates open social app lets users add their favorite movies, actors and directors to their profile, rate and review them or browse the recommended movies of their friends or which movies they want to see.
The gadget has been a bit rushed to market it seems, a few views OpenSocial containers expect have not been implemented yet and it is not possible to add it to all OpenSocial containers (I was able to run it in Orkut’s sandbox but not in Ning) but it is good to see an example in action. When Facebook released their platform most German sites missed the opportunity to mark their territory early in the game and only jumped on the train after the first major success stories were reported and thousands of other sites already have become available.
screenshot of moviemates.de
(This article originally was written for blognation Germany. Since blognation is gone I have reposted it here)