Create-your-own-social-network platform Ning announced today that over 30 OpenSocial applications will be available for its 500,000 online communities. OpenSocial applications, developed by Google, work across social networks like Friendster, Hi5, and MySpace. 

Ning hopes to double the number of its OpenSocial applications within six months, Vasanth Sridharan at Silicon Alley Insider reports. It also want to integrate with Facebook’s platform. Sridharan quotes Bianchini as saying: "We’re not making any early announcements (about Facebook integration), but it’s absolutely something we want to be a part of."

Andy interviewed Ning CEO Gina Bianchini at the EmTech08 conference on the MIT campus last month. Bianchini speaks about the imminent release of Ning’s customized iPhone interface, which was released September 28. I republished the interview above.

Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer