MySpace to Open Platform to Developers

Hopes to reap same benefit Facebook has--without the Scrabulous headache
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2008 1:00 PM CST
News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, who owns the social networking Web site MySpace, speaks at the company's Global Energy Initiative in this May 9, 2007, file photo. The parents of Megan Meier, a Missouri...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Following the lead of rival Facebook, social networking giant MySpace will launch the MySpace Developer Platform next week, giving programmers deeper access to its site--possibly including the ability to tap into MySpace user data, AP reports. MySpace already informally allows programmers to develop widgets for it, and hopes the new platform will help developers make more money through the site.

MySpace also hopes to avoid the kind of woes Facebook has run into with its popular but embattled Scrabulous application, with company officials hinting that they will have rules to prevent such disputes - in the case of Scrabulous, over copyright. Despite the formal launch, programmers will not yet be able to integrate their tools with the site; that will come at a later, yet-unnamed date.