MySpace Joins DataPortability Project

Some news that broke late yesterday. MySpace announced that it had officially joined the DataPortability Project, an initiative that pushes for user control over personal data access and use by other applications, open source solutions, and bottom-up distribution solutions for said data. From the official DataPortability blog:

“MySpace joins other existing corporate members such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn, SixApart, and Digg. We are excited that MySpace will join the rest of the community to continue the design, documentation, and implementation of a set of best practices for inter-operable Data Portability between trusted applications and vendors.”

MySpace’s announcement basically stated that they are embracing the DataPortability best practices and had already started data sharing partnerships with Yahoo, Ebay, Twitter, and Photobucket. Eric Eldon at Venturebeat explains what the data sharing entails for users:

“Users will be able to do things like update their own photos on their MySpace profiles, then have those photos automatically update on other sites that use MySpace photos. Besides photos, information that will be shared will include publicly available basic profile information, MySpace TV videos, and friend networks…

If you want to be able to control what information goes from MySpace to Twitter, you will be able to access a central control panel that will be provided on the MySpace site, that will let you stop information from going from MySpace to Twitter.”

This seemingly small change has major implications for online social networking. Michael Arrington at TechCrunch explains:

“Historically MySpace has lagged Facebook in terms of innovation. But they definitely “get it” this time. Sharing user data so openly (with user permission) is a terrific way to incentivize users to store all their core data at MySpace to begin with. Users eventually need one place on the Internet to store their data, or lots of places to store different types of data. But what they don’t want is today’s world where they are recreating and storing the same data over a plethora of social networks just because all those sites refuse to share. We’re starting to see the floodgates open and the idea of data sharing become a reality…

By acting first, MySpace takes the lead and has a shot at being the long term winner – meanings lots of people use MySpace as their place to store data, and share it out to other applications from there. Look for Google to make their move next.”

It’s definitely an overdue concept, and timely for MySpace as NewsCorp owner Rupert Murdoch went on record as stating the social networking site had missed his financial targets. We’ll have to see if the world’s biggest social network can get any bigger.

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