updated 04:05 pm EDT, Thu May 8, 2008
MySpace Data Availability
MySpace today introduced a new initiative that will see its users' data shared outside of the social network. The Data Availability framework will let any member of the MySpace service opt in to share profile info, friend networks, photos and videos to sites that will support the approach on their networks: MySpace users will have the option of posting their biography and latest blog updates to their Twitter profiles, for example, or bring images to Photobucket. eBay and Yahoo will also allow portability, with Yahoo's new Open Strategy allowing users to automatically fill in a profile that is viewable across much of the site's network.
Completion of the integration between MySpace and its early partners hasn't been given a firm launch date, according to a MySpace official contacted by Electronista, and will depend largely on when each individual site finishes its particular efforts. The effort is also said to be part of a move to join the Data Portability project and encourage the ease of moving personal data between different websites, including such efforts as Google's OpenSocial for swapping apps between different social networks.