Late this week Google released the Google social graph API which provides structured access to information Google’s has extracted from public FOAF and XFN data on the Web. Google also says it mines the web for “and other publicly declared connections”. I wonder what that means? Brad Fitzpatrick gives a three minute explanation in this video. This is exciting and likely to give a push to any number of emerging themes, including data portability, linked data, and the Semantic Web in general. There’s lots of comment from the ususal suspects and also on the SWIG IRC
By the way, he will give an invited talk at the 2008 International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media at the end of March in Seattle.
Here’s a simple call to the API starting with the ebiquity blog
You can see from the results that they are returned using JSON. The possible parameters and what they mean are given here.