On October 11th, we launched together with a complete overhaul of our sharing functionality (Zeigen) support for the OExchange specification. OExchange makes it possible to share any URL-based content with any service on the web. It defines:
- A common way for services to receive content, removing any and all service-specific integration requirements
- A discovery feature so services can publish themselves and their endpoints, making it possible to integrate with services you didn’t even know about at development time
- A decentralized, user-centric model for saving preferred services, making sharing more personal
Shared pages can be posted by the user into his feed or sent as a private message. Since yesterday you can now also not only add a title and description for the page you are sharing, but also a thumbnail which will be integrated into your feed post or message. This is possible by either adding this meta information as a OExchange query parameter to the VZ sharing endpoint or by implementing OpenGraph Meta Tags into your site.
You can find more detailed information in our developer wiki at http://developer.studivz.net/wiki/index.php/Bookmarking. Or you can have a look at http://www.oexchange.org/ where you can find the complete specification as well as some tools that help you with testing OExchange endpoints as well as your implementation.