By Matthew Magain

MySpace Developer Platform Launches

By Matthew Magain

Earlier this week MySpace soft-launched the Myspace Developer Platform (MDP), with limitations on the number of times that your app can be installed:

During this sandbox phase, the apps you create will be limited to a few installs (currently three). This limitation allows you to test your applications in a live environment well in advance of our full end-user launch. Apps will also not trigger activities updates and will not be able to directly communicate with end-users until launch. We’ll be posting updates on capabilities and dates frequently, so stay tuned!

CNET’s Rafe Needleman was at the launch party. Developers that he spoke to were positive about the new MySpace platform, not just because it opens up an audience to them, but also because MySpace is using OpenSocial at its core:

While MySpace will be adding its own proprietary extensions to the platform to give developers access to its particular data, the fact that the ecosystem will be at least somewhat standards compliant should make it possible for developers to more easily port MySpace apps to other platforms.

If you’re in the social networking application development space, you’d do well to check out the MDP REST API and OpenSocial JS API documentation.

  • wwb_99

    No good can come of this.

  • That’s horrible.

  • To clarify: the advent of a developer platform for MySpace is horrible, not the above comment.

  • Why not? Good luck Myspace

  • jjpcondor

    So, MySpace expands into Facebook’s territory, with some superior strategic approaches like OpenSocial.

    MySpace emulates the FeceBook’s Third-party application integration which increases functionality and the members adoption. But Myspace is a site in which you can make your pages the way you want them, while the FaceBook is uniformly dull, and non imaginative. Yes, on MySpace pages can be horrible but also beautiful.

    Facebook Platform, provides a framework for developers to create applications that interact with basic Facebook features, while MySpaces’s OpenSocial applications give potentially superior appeal.

    Facebook is backed by Micro$oft, while MySpaces belongs to Fox Interactive Media, which does not have interests to use a proprietary technology for social interactions on web.

    At the end, there is no clear winner yet..
    John Jan

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