Wednesday, February 6, 2008

MySpace Developer Platform, What about Open Social?

MySpace announced their Developer platform for third party developers. Off course this made me wonder what was the deal with Open Social . OpenSocial was supposed to be the glue between third party developers and different Social network platform, which includes MySpace. So out of curiosity did some digging on MySpace developer platform. So here are some details.

The MySpace Developer Platform (MDP) allows developers to create their own applications that can interact with MySpace members and their social data. Was this not the functionality of Google’s Open Social? Well looks like both Open Social and MySpace have their own set of scripts that can be used together to build third party applications. So MySpace scripts shall give additional functionality not provided by Google’s Open Social.

This is a great initiative from MySpace for third-party developers. Nevertheless, with bleak advertisement revenues from most of the social networks, not sure how developer’s can monetize their apps. All that said, innovative apps that cater what user wants will definitely make the cut and make some big money in this arena. So if you are planning to get your hands dirty with social networking platform, this is the best time.

OpenSocial and the MySpace Developer Platform are a series of JavaScript and server-side components that work together to provide you with a standard interface to write your apps against.

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