SUNNY VALE, California: Despite the tumult at Yahoo as it attempts to repel unwelcome takeover approaches from Microsoft, the online giant is looking to the future and appears set to join Google's OpenSocial alliance.

The Google-developed software fraternity allows creators of music and video programs to spread their applications across any of the social networks that choose to adopt it, removing the need to rewrite them for each one.

MySpace and Bebo are among those already signed-up and Yahoo's expected participation would add a substantial base of users. 
Yahoo has not commented beyond saying: "[The company] has a rich history of supporting open standards, such as OpenID and Apache Hadoop, as we believe industry collaboration is beneficial to the developer community and the web as a whole."   

Thus far, Facebook, in which Microsoft has a substantial stake, has adopted a wait-and-see approach to OpenSocial and currently stands apart from the common social networking herd, having courted its own collection of 200,000 developers and 16,000 applications.

Data sourced from New York Times; additional content by WARC staff