MySpace launches an applications platform to compete with Facebook today at developer.myspace.com. Although MySpace signed up to Google’s OpenSocial project, it’s own platform will have MySpace-specific “extensions”.
From today, there will be a one month application development period allowing developers to build and test their apps without them being available to the public. MySpace says there will be a lot of privacy controls and “safety gates” to stop malicious applications getting through to users. After this they will be launched on the site in March. All platform applications will launch at the same time.
Some critics might argue that MySpace – launching its platform well after Facebook – is late to the platform game, but it would be fair to say there is plenty of territory left to stake out.
The MySpace Developer Platform Site includes:
• Three sets of APIs:
o Action scripts to allow flash to speak directly to our APIs
o REST to enable server to server communication (speeding up applications)
• Developer Team Blog
• Test harnesses: Developers can test applications on a limited number of profiles in a functional environment
TechCrunch.com has more on this. Meanwhile in London MySpace is reaching out to developers via an event on Thursday night featuring Benedetto himself.