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Bebo agrees to use Facebook Dev Platform

In what looks to be a concerted action to damage Google's Open Social alliance, Bebo has announced that it will use Facebook's API's.

In the past week, three other social partners of the Open Social alliance have announced that they will make launch their own development platform: Linkedin, Friendster and now Bebo.

Myspace already has its own, which did not prevent it from jumping onboard Google's Initiative.

However, Bebo has yet to announce when it is going to implement either, although one can guess that Facebook (opens in new tab) will come first simply because it would be easier to implement with minimal fuss.

It is too early to disband Open Social and Google has stressed that there is a lot of movement happening (opens in new tab) underneath the surface, none of which are visible on the front end.

Also, it should not be ruled out that Facebook is proactively trying to convince (opens in new tab) other Open Social Members (and other websites altogether) to use its developer platform.

Bebo currently lies in third place in the world of Social networking sites with a lowly 4.5 million unique visitors, a fraction of Myspace's and roughly 14 percent of Facebook's traffic.

Another Open Social participant, web-based IM website, Meebo, has also announced that it is going to partner with Facebook.

The firm, which has had a whopping 6.5 million unique users in November, is particularly strong in America.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.