MySpace may be late to the real-time party, but it's going all out now that it arrived. At the Le Web conference in Paris, the ex-social network and future entertainment hub announced that it’s launching several new APIs for developers including the Real-Time Stream API which will enable third-party services to access the 46 million status updates MySpace claims flow through its pipes everyday.
Google just launched real-time search and the so called real-time web is going mainstream, so access to data as soon as it becomes available is increasingly important. Twitter just announced it will open up its doors to all developers wanting to get the latest tweets and MySpace is now doing the same. The social network has made big strides recently with a bunch of updates to its API and, in contrast to its former rival Facebook, it embraces open standards and has a very relaxed attitude with the access to its data.
The Real-Time Stream API adds a new level of responsiveness to MySpace's platform by pushing the data to the third-party apps rather making it available through a poll method as it currently does. Developers will also have a great control over the data flow and will be able to use granular filters to adjust the amount and focus on just what they need.
“We already have early adopters using our new data sources. OneRiot is launching their real-time search integration today, and Groovy Corporation is also including MySpace into their massively parallel processing technology. Google will be leveraging our data in their Google Real-Time Search shortly, as well,” MySpace writes on its Developer Platform page.
MySpace is also launching several other APIs. The Status and Mood Commenting API will enable developers to integrate status update features on their sites or apps and will also enable MySpace users to leave comments on other sites which will be synced with their profiles. The Open Search API allows third-parties to retrieve public profile information and display it on their sites while the Photo Upload API will enable users to upload images to their profiles from other sites.