MySpace Launches Developer Platform

In February, MySpace, the world’s largest online social network, will launch its program to court outside software developers in a bid to widen the gap against competitor Facebook.

As part of the Feb. 5 launch, it has also promoted MySpace business development executive Amit Kapur to a new role as chief operating officer, the company will announce on Wednesday.

Over the past year, Facebook has moved aggressively to close the gap between it and MySpace, a division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Developers have cited as one reason for Facebook’s rapid growth its policy of opening up its platform to entrepreneurs to profit from creating applications from the silly — like the ability to throw sheep at each other — to the functional, such as sharing photos.

Although few details were furnished ahead of MySpace’s official launch of its platform, Kapur said the developer program would be rolled out globally in about 28 territories.

“I will be focused on making a platform for developers to monetize and promote their applications,” Kapur said in a phone interview.

Developers can register for more information at beginning on Wednesday. The program was originally announced in October 2007.

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