By Margarita Snegireva. MySpace is going to join Facebook, Bebo, Meebo and so many other stars in the Web 2.0 firmament in opening up its platform and giving developers a set of tools with which to build applications that can run, and make money, on its site.
MySpace, owned by the News Corporation, will announce Tuesday that it is introducing the MySpace Developer Site for application creators around the world. Developers will have a month to build their creations before the first tools (or frivolous time-wasters, depending on your perspective) are made available to MySpace users. The company will hold a party at its San Francisco offices Tuesday night to generate buzz for the announcement.
MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and videos internationally. Its headquarters are in Beverly Hills, California, USA, where it shares an office building with its immediate owner, Fox Interactive Media; which is owned by News Corporation, which has its headquarters in New York City.
According to Alexa Internet, MySpace is currently the world's sixth most popular website, and the third most popular website in the United States, though it has topped the chart on various weeks. The service gradually gained more popularity than similar websites to achieve nearly 80% of visits to online social networking websites in 2006. Today its traffic is similar to that of Facebook, a competing social network.