Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
In an obvious move to counter FaceBook’s expanding developer platform, MySpace, the top trafficked social network announced today the availability of the MySpace Developer Platform. News of the imminent release had been circulating for weeks and MySpace finally gave developers the keys to its playground.
The MySpace Developer Platform (MDP) allows developers to create applications that interact with MySpace members and their social data. With MDP you will be able to create compelling new products that integrate directly into MySpace pages and get exposure to millions of people around the world.
While still in it’s early stages, the sandbox will allow developers to start getting their apps ready. The fact that they’ve chosen to support the OpenSocial API should make it extremely attractive to developers that want to have some level of cross-social network integration.
Providing this level of abstraction should “hopefully” provide much greater flexibility for an expanded user experience especially with the new set of capabilities that will be included in the MySpace API. These include:
- A suite of online tools for creating and publishing applications (and debugging them).set of RESTful APIs (provided in json, xml, and other formats as needed) that provide endpoints for browser-to-site and site-to-site interaction. These are implemented over the http protocol using a simple, intuitive uri scheme.
- A mechanism for your application to exchange data with your own site.
- A system for end users to find and install applications on their profiles.
- Security mechanisms for protecting end users’ identity, as well as communications verification between MySpace servers and your site.
You can see a video demonstration of an OpenSocial MySpace Application, presented by Chris Bissell, Chief Software Architect at MySpace, here:
Posted by Rey Bango at 10:48 am