MySpace Opens Doors to Developers

Website joins Facebook, Bebo in offering tools, backing for new applications
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Feb 5, 2008 9:58 AM CST
Demo of a MySpace webpage using OpenSocial, a programming model developed by Google (Graphic   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – MySpace members already customize personal profile pages, but they’ll soon be able to add applications like photo albums, email, and calendars. The News Corp. property plans to open its platform and release developer tools, reports the New York Times. Third-party developers will be allowed to create and make money from programs that can sit on personal home pages.

MySpace, which already allows some third-party applications, or widgets, plans to offer a full directory of approved widgets to users, as do other sites like Facebook. Developers who make the cut will be allowed to keep all revenues generated from their applications. "We feel that could be a real compelling offer to developers," says the COO.