Today we are announcing the official launch of the MySpace Data Availability Project. Later in the day all of the external data APIs will go live and the supporting documentation will be posted on the MDP Developer site.
As the developer of an independent website you can now enable your users to leverage the power of their social data outside of the MySpace.com domain. Our users spend hours updating and making changes to their profiles, uploading content, and building friend relationships. With your help that data can now be available to MySpace users no matter where they go on the internet.
We’ve been very careful to ensure that the underlying technologies powering Data Availability are based on open standards. All authentication is done with OAUTH, and the REST APIs comply with the OpenSocial .7 spec. We think it is critical that any project based on a philosophy of openness embraces existing open standards.
We’ve also taken steps to ensure that none of this new functionality compromises any of our user’s privacy or security. You will find a new 3rd party site privacy dashboard located in the account settings of your MySpace profile. Just look under Linked Sites to view it. From here users can manage the relationship between their data and individual 3rd party sites. Any revocation of access to data from within MySpace takes place immediately at the external site as well. This ensures users won’t have their data floating around the internet without them being aware of it.
This is an exciting time for us at MySpace, for our users, and for you as a developer. We are looking forward to seeing how you are able to leverage MySpace user data on your site to build more engaging user experiences.
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