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MySpace launches developer platform to catch up with the success of Facebook

Posted in blog, Blogroll with tags , , , on February 2, 2008 by keronii

MySpace, the world’s largest online social network which offers an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and videos internationally is going to launch a suite of tools for software developers to develop games or other applications which can integrate with the website. The launching of the developer platform by MySpace is to widen the gap against other online social network rivals especially Facebook. The emergence of Facebook in its popularity has somehow challenged MySpace being the world leader in online social network.

The move to open developer platform by MySpace is inevitable. Its main rival, Facebook, having offered a similar development platform to its users in May last year, has moved aggressively to close the gap between it and MySpace. By opening up a developer platform, can MySpace replicate the success of rival Facebook’s developer programme? It is still an unanswered question. Anyway, developers who wish to try out MySpace’s platform can register themselves for more information commencing on 6 February at developer.myspace.com.

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Today 30 January is the International Delete Your Myspace Account Day

Posted in blog, review, Social Network with tags , , , on January 30, 2008 by keronii

The day has finally arrived. Last Sunday Bloggasm’s Simon Owens declared January 30th to be International Delete Your Myspace Account Day. The idea quickly caught fire, being linked to on hundreds of websites spanning from Digg to Fark to MSNBC. Several journalists interviewed me about the day, including live radio and television interviews.

He was also interviewed by a journalist at the Washington Post. A Myspace spokeswoman even responded to the event.

Many of the people who linked and commented on my post agreed with me whole-heartedly: Myspace sucks. And to drive that message home, we’re finally disposing of our useless profile pages all together on one day.

So if you’ve deleted your Myspace page today, tell us about your experience in the comments section. Several people have emailed Simon over the last few days to tell me that they tried to delete their profiles only for the confirmation email never to be sent. If this happens to you, it’s a serious issue that Myspace needs to address. Please let Simon and his team know about it.

If anyone needs to contact Simon about this day, you can email me at simon.bloggasm@gmail.com for more information.

Below is a list of steps for you to delete your profile. Simon already tried them on his own myspace page. Supposedly Myspace is supposed to delete it within 48 hours. Let see if that happens.

Now, the steps:

1. Log in at Myspace.com

2. Click on “account settings” next to your profile picture

3. Click on the “cancel account” link at the bottom of the screen

4. On this screen it tells you to confirm your cancellation. It also provides you a box to explain why you’re canceling your account. To really drive home the message, you should put “Because it’s International Delete Your Myspace Account Day” as your reason. That will let them know that you’re deleting the account because of the cause.

5. You should receive an email that will allow you to “confirm” (hey, didn’t I already “confirm” it like two clicks ago? Myspace sure doesn’t want me to leave) your cancellation. After you’ve once again confirmed it, it tells you to give it 48 hours to complete the cancellation.

6. If your profile doesn’t disappear in 48 hours, raise bloody hell.

Good luck everyone! Happy cancellation!

Credit from: Simon Owens

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