Myspace To Let Users Share Information With Other Sites

By May 12, 2008

Intercommunication between Web sites is growing, as Myspace unveiled plans to enable its users to share their profile information to other commonly used sites.   The top social networking site with 117 million members worldwide wa

nts to lessen the amount of keystroking and logging in and out by making such information shareable.   Web sites like eBay, Photobucket, Twitter and those operated by Yahoo will be open to the deal, seemingly breaking down the walls of sites that have a total of over 150 million users in addition to Myspace’s count.   "There's this concept that social networks are walled gardens. We're taking those walls down," said Amit Kapur, Chief Operating Officer of Myspace.   Users will be able to transfer photos—including default pictures—videos, friends list and music interests across the sites.   The goal is to for both parties to be able to more effectively and efficiently use the Internet by having more user information available.   Users will decide which information is available to each Web site and have the ability to remove it from the sites whenever they want because the information will be kept only through Myspace, prohibiting the other sites from storing the information.   The move is part of Myspace’s “data availability initiative” that aims to open up the boundaries of the Internet and encourage more interaction with the social networking site. It enables the different Web sites to create an interactive, progressive online community unable to function alone.   By opening up the channels of information to third-party sites, some see the move as a great way to increase advertising revenue.   Targeted advertising could jump on the issue with a user’s interests available, but Myspace says it has no such deals in mind at the moment.   Set to roll out in the coming weeks, we will see how many users are comfortable sharing their information.   By Danny Scuderi   FEEDBACK For comments on this article, email us at

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