Profile views are back!

Friday, May 1, 2009 at 6:34 AM

We're happy to announce that applications that use server-side templates and data pipelining now show up in the profile view on orkut. Data pipelining allows you to specify the data that you want to use in your application, while templates let you describe how to render the app. If you haven't already, you can get started creating your profile views with templates and data pipelining using this tutorial.

As you may remember, we had temporarily disabled profile views for OpenSocial applications on orkut to help prevent the phishing attacks occurring in a small subset of applications. The addition of template values, which are HTML-escaped by design, will help reduce applications' vulnerability to issues like XSS moving forward. Enabling data pipelining and templates also reduces the number of round trips between orkut and your server, making your application render faster.

For all of you with applications that currently show up in profile view without templates, you'll have until May 31st to make the switch. After that date, all apps not using templates will be removed from profile view.

We know that it's not easy to make changes to your applications and would like to thank you for the patience and support that you've shown. We're confident that these changes will improve the apps experience for orkut users.