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MySpace and Google join forces

MySpace and Google join forces

Google and MySpace are looking to dominate the social networking world.

Just two days after Google publicly announced its new social networking application platform, MySpace has decided to join the group that already consists of some big names such as Six Apart (who are behind LiveJournal), Orkut, Hi5 and Friendster. MySpace and Google may just have a specific target in mind - Facebook.

Facebook currently employs a great application platform that allows users to quickly and easily see what applications their friends are using and then install that software themselves. Google’s platform intends to employ a very similar strategy, but they have their sights set on the largest audience they can by teaming up with every social networking site within their grasp.

Chris DeWolfe, MySpace CEO, has confirmed the alliance and has some interesting things to say. "If you're an application developer, you can write your widget to this standard and, overnight, get distribution to 200 million people," he said. "You don't want to have to rebuild it for 10 different sites. What we did was create the de-facto standard for social networking."

However, he denies that Facebook is their main target. "It just makes sense that a small application developer should only have to develop once, as opposed to creating it over and over, for several different platforms," says DeWolfe. "This was a common belief we had with Google. This will just make the Internet bigger. It has nothing to do with Facebook."

What’s undeniable is the power that this new platform will hold. MySpace alone has over 100 million users, which is more than double Facebook’s user base. With the wide variety of both hosts and developers Google has banded together around OpenSocial, it’s set to quickly follow in the footsteps of nearly every other Google platform and achieve instant success. This means that users, basement coders, and large developers alike will be able to benefit from this new team of sites.

All of this comes just one week after Microsoft made the decision to invest in Facebook. Likely coincidence, or was Google already prepared to take on both Facebook and Microsoft? Discuss your thoughts over in the forums.

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Redbeaver 2nd November 2007, 14:24 Quote
not a coincidence of course. will be interesting to see who's the winner here.
quack 2nd November 2007, 14:46 Quote
Facebook will join OpenSocial, just you wait and see. They'd be insane not to.
Atomic 2nd November 2007, 15:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by quack
Facebook will join OpenSocial, just you wait and see. They'd be insane not to.
Yer, no way they will let their application platform loose out.
sub routine 2nd November 2007, 16:03 Quote
Oh great, more social networking sites to show everyone how popular and interesting you are : /
Carbon_Arc 2nd November 2007, 16:08 Quote
The big question: will is be Moogle? or Gy Space?
mrplow 2nd November 2007, 16:10 Quote
who the hell uses myspace anymore?
it's awful!
GoodBytes 2nd November 2007, 16:39 Quote
iGoogle? Are you kidding me?!
Welcome to your iLife... This will be your iRoom featuring your iWiredPhone to make phone calles, your iComputerMonitor, and your iPC or iMAC, with your iStereoSpeakerSet and with your iCam. On this room you have the iKitchen featuring iCabinets, iPlates, iDrinkingGlasses, iBlender, and iFridge. Also this iHouse comes complete with your very own iToaster and iAirConditioner, oh and iHeater.

0 imagination.... It's like those (some) little Arabic business where they lack of imaginations on their business name... Dentarist XP SP2, Vista Computers, Inc....arr.... No wait sorry, at least those are fun to read, and remember...
jakenbake 2nd November 2007, 17:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by quack
Facebook will join OpenSocial, just you wait and see. They'd be insane not to.

but will Microsoft let them?
quack 2nd November 2007, 18:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by sub routine
Oh great, more social networking sites to show everyone how popular and interesting you are : /
This isn't a new social network, OpenSocial is a set of APIs that application developers can use to create applications that work on any social networks (called “hosts”) that choose to participate.
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Originally Posted by GoodBytes
iGoogle? Are you kidding me?!
Please tell me this isn't the first you've heard of iGoogle? The personalised home page has been called that since April! :?
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Originally Posted by jakenbake
but will Microsoft let them?
Microsoft wouldn't have a say in the matter. Facebook is an independent company.
Brett89 2nd November 2007, 18:49 Quote
PREPARE FOR ASSIMILATION
I don't know what I'd do without my iGoogle page, little tidbits of weather, news and my email, all in one. genius. Great homepage
yodasarmpit 2nd November 2007, 18:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by quack


Microsoft wouldn't have a say in the matter. Facebook is an independent company.
As a shareholder thay have a voice, Microsoft just recently paid a lot of money to buy a small percentage of Facebook.

Myspace joining is no big surprise, being that Myspace is a NewsCorp company, and NewsCorp (aka BSkyB) and Google already have a working relationship.
Breach 3rd November 2007, 11:54 Quote
Ahh, soon the Dark Portal will open and destroy us all as the forces of Evil combine :)
widmod 4th November 2007, 13:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Breach
Ahh, soon the Dark Portal will open and destroy us all as the forces of Evil combine :)

yes their masterplan for world domination
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on youtube
Hwulex 5th November 2007, 01:07 Quote
As if MySpace isn't already the most hideous site on the internet, the retard user base are now going to be able to make the web's most ugly pages even worse with applications. Hoo-****ing-ray!

I'll admit it, I'm a FaceBook user because I think it's a good way to keep in touch, and share things, with all my mates. Unfortunately it took a massive turn for the worse when they enabled the applications; and I'm yet to find one that's actually useful. The closest I've found is the CarPool application but that's got no user base in the UK.
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