January 31, 2008

Myspace to Offer “˜Developer Platform’ for its Users

Following in the footsteps of Facebook and other rival social networking sites, Myspace plans to formally initiate its "Developer Platform" next Tuesday.

BBC News reported that the applications have been developed with Google's OpenSocial platform, which is designed to allow development of applications that will function on any web site.

Fellow social networking site, Facebook, whose 63 million users are still drastically overshadowed by Myspace's 200 million, began allowing outside programming of similar tools last year. Since then the web site has witnessed almost 15,000 written applications.

Purposes of these applications range from music recommendation to photo-sharing.

Other sites such as Bebo, LinkedIn, and Orkut already use the tools.

Myspace announced its use of the OpenSocial platform in October 2007, and the tools are set be available to users on February 5.

Myspace CTO Amit Kapur told Reuters that developers will be able to make money out of their applications.

"I will be focused on making a platform for developers to monetize and promote their applications," he said.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp purchased Myspace for $580m in 2005.