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Myspace Developer Plaform comes on February 5th

Developers can now sign up to MySpace's Developer Platform (opens in new tab) which was announced in October 2007.

By next Tuesday, according to PC Advisor and a host of other news websites, the developer site will be made public and will feature the necessary information and API tools that can be used to build and test applications on Myspace.

The biggest Social Networking website has been shadowed lately by the buzz surrounding Facebook as the smaller company pushed forward with its own platform, launched back in May 2007, and has almost 15,000 applications written for it.

One Facebook Software maker, Slide (opens in new tab), had received a $50 million institutional investment package on January 18th to increase the number of employees and expand its popular applications like Superpoke, Funwall and Top Friends, to Myspace.

Facebook has also recently announced that it would allow its members to put applications on their websites simply by copying a few lines of Javascript code.

But Myspace will also have learnt from the many mistakes that Facebook Apps developers have been making and that, according to some analysts (opens in new tab), has already started to hit back at Apps developers.

Some have been altogether too enthusiast to expand their user base regardless whether of what their user wanted.

Unlike Facebook though, Myspace's applications will be compatible with Google's OpenSocial platform and has already announced that it will take special care to "put safeguards in place to prevent security and privacy breaches from third-party applications"., according to its COO Amit Kapur (via PC Advisor (opens in new tab)).

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.