Friendster set to open its platform to developers

Social network to let third parties start building new widgets in November

Social networking site Friendster announced Thursday that it will launch a developer program in November that will provide developers with more access to its network.

Until the Friendster Developer Program launches November 30, developers can access an initial set of application programming interfaces and test applications to build and integrate their widgets with Friendster, the company said.

"We're basically adding ... APIs to extract information on users and our friend list and enable many more things to be done. Now it is much easier for developers to build new widgets," said David Jones, vice president of marketing at Friendster Inc.

Under the program, the company will not restrict the revenue model or require developers to share revenue gained from their Friendster applications, he added.

The developer program will let developers access data and seamless integration points within the social networking site, allowing them to build rich sets of widgets.

Developers can also continue using older Flash and HTML widgets on Friendster without modification, the company said.

Users can browse, discover, preview and add widgets via a new Widget Directory that will be available in November. Additional APIs will be added to the developer program over time, with strong preference given to those requested by developers.

Friendster is the latest social network to expand access to developers. Facebook made its platform available to developers earlier this year and MySpace last week announced plans to do the same.

This is the third stage of Friendster opening its network. In August 2006, it began allowing users to add HTML and Flash widgets to their profiles and to share content with their friends. And last month, it announced plans to allow music artists and others to build fan profiles on the site.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Heather Havenstein

Computerworld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?