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CondeNet announced that it has launched applications for Style.com, Epicurious.com, Wired.com, and flip.com on MySpace, the world’s most popular social networking site. Empowered by MySpace’s newly announced Developer Platform, CondeNet was able to easily build and deploy the applications for its Web sites.

The Style.com application, Fashion Flash, offers the inside scoop on fashion, shopping, beauty and celebrity style. In the application’s first week, more than over 1,200 users installed it.

Style.com Fashion Flash MySpace Application.

The Epicurious.com application, Recipe of the Day, serves up a different, tasty food each day, drawing from a selection of more than 25,000 professionally created and tested recipes.

For the Wired.com application, Wired Gadget Lab, Wired News bloggers bring their sharp eyes and wit to the world of gadgets.

Wired Logo.

The flip application, flipbook creator, can be used to make and share online scrapbooks called flipbooks. Users can upload photos, video, and music; rotate, resize, and crop images; write text; add a soundtrack; draw freestyle; and share their flipbooks with friends. Registration is required to make a flipbook.

MySpace first introduced its Developer Platform site on February 5, 2008, beginning a month long application development period that made it possible for companies including CondeNet to build and test their applications in a secure environment before going live to the MySpace community.

On March 13, 2008, MySpace launched the public beta of the Application Gallery, enabling broader testing of approved applications by allowing public installation. MySpace members can now discover and add new applications from a variety of categories, including Fashion, Food & Drink, Fun Stuff/News & Weather and Fun Stuff/Photos to both their home and profile pages.

“We have found social networking applications to be an effective vehicle to speak to our existing audiences in a new way, as well as a wonderful tool to reach new users,” said Chris Gonzalez, Product Manager, Distributed Content, CondeNet. “As one of the first content providers to have a presence in the MySpace applications offering, we are thrilled to be able to provide members the ability to interact with our brands.”

flipbook creator.As with all MySpace Developer Platform applications, the Style.com, Epicurious.com, Wired.com, and flip.com applications will be able to safely access publicly available profile information, including a user’s friend list, interests, photos & albums, and video, as well as status & mood. The four applications will have real estate in five places within MySpace including:

  • A MySpace application profile (users can “friend” the apps).
  • Access to embed applications on the user homepage (inward facing-for you to see).
  • Access to embed applications on profiles (outward facing widget-for friends to see).
  • An Application Gallery listing.
  • A canvas page.

“We have had tremendous response both from companies and our members since announcing the MySpace Developer Platform,” said Kyle Brinkman, vice president and general manager, MySpace Developer Platform. “CondeNet is one of the early adopters to implement applications, particularly within the publishing industry, as they realize the importance of connecting their brands with our members.”

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Austin, TX, is the most “Digital Savvy” city, according to a new analysis from consumer and media research firm Scarborough Research. Twelve percent of Austin adults are Digital Savvy*, and they are almost twice as likely as the national average to be in this leading edge consumer segment. Las Vegas, NV, Sacramento and San Diego are also leading Digital Savvy cities, with 10 percent of their residents having this higher level of technological orientation and adoption. Nationally, six percent of all consumers are classified as Digital Savvy. The ranking of Digital Savvy cities is part of a just-released complimentary Scarborough report, “Understanding the Digital Savvy Consumer,” available for download at http://www.scarborough.com/freestudies.php.

Austin, Texas.In terms of purchasing patterns, Digitally Savvy consumers are a luxury-oriented group. They are 56 percent more likely than the average consumer to own or lease a luxury vehicle; 175 percent more likely to have spent $500 or more on men’s or women’s business clothing during the past year and 49 percent more likely to own a second home. Online, this consumer group is equally high-end in its shopping behavior.

More than half (54 percent) of the Digital Savvy spent more than $500 online during the past year, and 35 percent spent upwards of $1,000 during that timeframe. They are far more likely to spend online in high-end purchasing categories, such as automotive and travel, as well as every day items, such as books and clothing.

“The most Digitally Savvy markets are known for leading the nation in a variety of hi-tech behaviors. They also typically have the presence of major universities and represent established tech corridors in the U.S.,” said Gary Meo, senior vice president, print and digital media services, Scarborough Research. “The Digital Savvy is a consumer segment which is important to monitor – both locally and nationally. They are early adopters when it comes to fully integrating new technologies into their lives, and their shopping patterns, demographics and lifestyles could presage behaviors of consumers across the country.”

Politically, Digital Savvy consumers are 25 percent more likely to be “Independent” voters **. In terms of other major political parties, they are on par with the national average with being Democrat or Republican.

Sacramento.Active lifestyles and on-the-go living are the hallmarks of the Digital Savvy. They are far more likely to enjoy athletic leisure activities including basketball, yoga, free weights training and jogging. The Digital Savvy are 18 percent more likely to have longer commutes – one hour or more to work each way. Given this active lifestyle, they rely on cell phones for communication and information. More than half (59 percent) of the Digital Savvy use their cell phones for email. They are, on many levels, an active and “on the go” group and their digital savvy is a natural compliment to that lifestyle.

Demographically, the Digital Savvy are male, young and wealthy. Fifty-six percent of them are male and 77 percent of this consumer group is below the age of 44. They are 132 percent more likely than the average consumer to have an annual household income of $150,000 or more. In fact, more than half (57 percent) of this consumer group has an annual household income of $75,000 or greater.

* Digital Savvy are defined as those consumers who rank highest on a scoring system that includes higher-than-average ownership of certain hi-tech items (such as DVRs, satellite radio or VoIP); greater likelihood to engage in certain Internet behaviors (including blogging, downloading music and online gaming); and usage of leading-edge cellular device features (email, text messaging, etc.). For specifics, please see the “About the Analysis” section at the end of this report.

** Independents are those in the Scarborough survey who cite their political affiliation as “Independent,” “Independent but leaning closer to Democrat,” or “Independent but leaning closer to Republican.”

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Summary: Indie rock band Kindred Souls is sponsoring a photo contest on http://www.Fotki.com. The winning photos selected from entries worldwide will be used in their ‘Leap of Faith’ music video bringing together people from around the globe and celebrating their personal triumphs.

A band, a song, a website, and hundreds possibly thousands of music lovers worldwide will soon join forces to produce a user-generated music video about taking their “Leap of Faith.”

What is a “Leap of Faith?” First, it is an inspirational song by Indie rock band Kindred Souls that is about overcoming obstacles and achieving personal triumphs.

“The song is about saying to yourself, ‘I believe in you!’ It means taking a great leap towards believing in yourself and what you can accomplish,” says Kindred Souls singer-songwriter Jeff Rafferty.

Kindred Souls joined forces with international media social network website http://www.Fotki.com to ask people to share photographs of their “Leap of Faith” – whatever that means to them. Fotki.com is based in 215 countries. This is an opportunity to collaborate on producing a video with people around the globe including photographers, proud parents and grandparents, students, athletes, performers, and non-profits.

To be in the music video, visit http://www.Fotki.com or http://www.kindred-souls.com. Download the song for free, and submit a photo and a brief story about your “Leap of Faith.”

The contest started May 7 and photos will be accepted for two weeks. After that, fans will be asked to vote for their favorites. The photos will be compiled into a music video for the song “Leap of Faith” and launched on YouTube and on http://www.kindred-souls.com.

Lon Bachrach“We will include as many photos as possible in the video and donate $100 to the favorite charity of whoever submits the most popular photo,” says Kindred Souls songwriter and keyboardist Lon Bachrach.

What inspired Leap of Faith? Band founders Rafferty and Bachrach agree it was drawn from overcoming some of their own personal struggles, which includes trying to achieve success for their music.

Playing in clubs ranging from Asbury Park’s Stone Pony to New York’s Knitting Factory, Kindred Souls is an all-original rock-n-roll band whose music has shades of blues, jazz, R&B, funk, and soul. The band features bassist Stan Quincy Adams, guitarists Ted Heman and Jeff Samet, and drummer PauPreview this Postl Lavenhar.

“There isn’t anything else that I can do but make music. Being a musician is who I am,” says Bachrach. “Part of our message is to tell other artists and folks of vision, who are the carriers of creativity’s torch, don’t stop! Continue to share, to create, and to believe. Take your leap of faith!”

Music video by Kindred Souls from their CD “Takes Two”.

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DeepRockDrive, the world’s first interactive online concert venue, has launched a global free concert series in partnership with Pepsi. Featuring five of today’s hottest musical artists including multi-platinum Disturbed, the series reinforces DeepRockDrive’s prominence as the world’s most popular destination for online, interactive concerts.

Presented by Pepsi, five compelling live acts will be performing to global audiences beginning May 16th through May 29th 2008. Kicking off with country music’s hottest new act, Lady Antebellum on May 16, the series continues with YouTube sensation Marie Digby on May 18, singer/songwriter/ guitarist Matt Nathanson on May 27, R&B performer Lloyd on May 25 and culminating with hard rock’s Disturbed on May 29.

Each concert will feature interaction between fans and artists using the revolutionary service that DeepRockDrive has created.

By logging on to http://www.DeepRockDrive.com, music fans around the world will experience a live, online, interactive exchange between performers and their audience where the fans collaborate with artists in real-time to build magical live experiences. Fans can send shout outs to the stage, vote on the next song in the set, personalize camera angle selections and send digital applause to the artists on stage in the form of emot-applause(TM), which are video game-like icons, such as hearts, fists, and lips that blow a kiss. These animated icons appear on giant screens in front of the artists while they perform.

Thanks to the support of Pepsi, the shows in this series are available free of charge, bringing a front row seat to music fans from Las Vegas to London, San Francisco to Singapore, and anywhere where a broadband connection is available.

Of the band’s participation in DeepRockDrive, Disturbed singer David Draiman said, “We are looking forward to taking part of something this unique and powerful.”

The innovation extends to the marketing of the concerts, as DeepRockDrive’s service enables a direct bridge between artists and their fans. Marie Digby, born from her channel on YouTube, created this direct invitation to her fans to attend the show – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzcKij_1RK8

“We jumped at the chance to be a part of this innovative, online experience with DeepRockDrive and the Pepsi Concert series, exposing Matt Nathanson to a worldwide audience,” said Tricia Rice, the Director of Digital Media at Vanguard Records.

“Thanks to the early support and commitment to innovation from Pepsi, DeepRockDrive has built the next generation of live entertainment,” said DeepRockDrive co-founder Danny Socolof.

Free tickets for all shows are available now at http://www.DeepRockDrive.com. Fans can grab a ticket and invite all of their friends. Live music has a new home…yours, and it’s powered by Pepsi!

About the Artists

Disturbed, which is frontman David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, drummer Mike Wengren and bassist John Moyer, self-produced their forthcoming album “Indestructible” which will be released June 3rd on Reprise Records. The first single from the album, “Inside The Fire,” marks the band’s sixth Number One single at Active Rock, and their fastest-rising single to date. Known for their punishingly powerful music and Draiman’s passionate, socially conscious lyrics, Disturbed has sold a collective 10 million copies worldwide of their three albums – 2000’s RIAA-certified triple-platinum The Sickness, 2002’s Billboard album chart-topper Believe, and their second consecutive Number One Ten Thousand Fists – since forming in Chicago in 1996.

Lady Antebellum – Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood – blend classic and contemporary country with R&B soulfulness, giving them a unique sound that’s generating a deafening buzz as one of modern country’s brightest hopes. Their self-titled debut, LADY ANTEBELLUM, debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Charts, their debut single, “Love Don’t Live Here,” is a Top Ten hit and still climbing, and the trio has been nominated for “Top New Group” at the 2008 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. They’ve performed on the legendary Grand Ole Opry, and have opened shows for some of the top names in country music including Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson. Lady Antebellum will be touring all across the country this summer, giving their enthusiastic fan base many opportunities to see them live.

Lloyd is mid-stream in a solid career growth mode: his 2007 album, Street Love, which debuted at No. 2 on both the national Billboard Top 200 album chart and the R&B/Hip-Hop album chart, was certified gold within eight weeks of its release, and spun off two major smashes: “You” featuring Lil Wayne, an R&B/Hip-Hop No. 1 and Top 10 pop hit; and “Get It Shawty,” a No. 4 R&B/Hip-Hop track and Top 20 Hot 100 entry. Lloyd’s upcoming LESSONS IN LOVE is in stores on July 15th with a top-tier list of collaborators including Nelly, Tricky and The-Dream, Polow Da Don, J-Lack, Jasper and Big Reese and Eric Hudson.

Marie Digby’s recently released debut album, Unfold (Hollywood Records) debuted at # 29 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. The album, described by People Magazine as “radiant guitar pop,” also reached # 2 on the iTunes album chart and # 3 on Billboard’s Digital Top 100 album chart. The first single, “Say It Again,” is in heavy rotation on Hot AC stations across the country. Since Digby burst onto the national stage in 2007 via YouTube, she has become the 7th most subscribed artist, and her homemade videos have accumulated more than 26 million views. Marie also became one of the faces of GAP’s “The Sound of Color” campaign, landed on top 40 radio charting with her version of Rhianna’s “Umbrellla,” and has had her music featuredon MTV’s the Hills, CW’s One Tree Hill, and Smallville. Marie will embark on a nationwide tour kicking off on May 20.

Matt Nathanson’s current Vanguard CD, Some Mad Hope, has spawned two singles, “Car Crash” and “Come On Get Higher” which continue to grow in popularity with fans and radio alike. I “Come On Get Higher” was featured in the Amazon/Pepsi Stuff national radio campaign in the past few months and the track is currently rising up both Triple A and Hot AC radio charts. His music has been prominent in such acclaimed shows as Private Practice, NCIS, One Tree Hill, Women’s Murder Club and will be heard in upcoming episodes of Men In Trees.

About DeepRockDrive

DeepRockDrive was founded in 2007 by music industry marketing veteran and MEGA founder Danny Socolof, and former Microsoft Xbox executive producer Jeff Henshaw. By harnessing the excitement of live performance and the interactivity of the Internet, DeepRockDrive is creating the world’s most popular online destination for interactive live performances. The Company is headquartered in Las Vegas and Seattle with 25 employees and a community comprised of over 50,000 passionate artists and fans worldwide.

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Coldplay has announced their “Viva La Vida” North American Tour in support of their new album of the same name, which will be released on June 17th. The tour, which will be produced by Live Nation, will kick off on June 29th in Philadelphia, PA. Ticket information is available at http://www.coldplay.com or at http://www.livenation.com.

Before kicking off the “Viva La Vida” tour, Coldplay will play free concerts in London (June 16th at the Brixton Academy) and New York (June 23rd at Madison Square Garden). Information on how to win tickets to these shows will be available at http://www.coldplay.com beginning today. The contest will run May 9th through June 1st. Winners will receive notification on June 5th.

Coldplay Viva La Vida North American Tour.Viva La Vida, Coldplay’s upcoming album, will be released by Capitol Music Group on June 17th. Produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs, the record is the follow-up to 2005’s X&Y, which debuted at #1 in 32 countries and has sold 10 million copies worldwide to date.

The album’s lead single “Violet Hill” was downloaded by two million people during the recent one-week period in which the band made the song available to fans for free. It is now for sale at all digital retailers and is quickly rising to the top of the charts at Modern Rock and AAA radio. Coldplay will perform “Violet Hill” on the “TODAY” show on NBC on Friday, June 27th. Fans are encouraged to check out the performance in person. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside the show’s Window on the World Studio, located at 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The band will also perform on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on June 26th.

“(Lead singer Chris) Martin broods over a lost lover with a snarling acidity that makes him sound more human than ever – miles away from the dreamy romantic he was on soaring ballads like ‘Speed of Sound,'” said Rolling Stone, naming “Violet Hill” a must-have in a recent “Downloads” column. “Jonny Buckland rips jagged, bluesy riffs that match Martin’s mood while drummer Will Champion and bassist Guy Berryman maintain a stalking beat … primal rock & roll.” The Los Angeles Times pronounced the single a “promising return,” also marveling at its harder edge.

Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

COLDPLAY – “VIVA LA VIDA” NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
(all dates are subject to change)

Date / City / Venue / Public On Sale Date

  • 6/29 Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Center 5/16
  • 7/2 Washington, DC – Verizon Center 5/17
  • 7/3 Hartford, CT – XL Center 5/17
  • 7/5 Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills 5/17
  • 7/6 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena 5/17
  • 7/8 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center 5/17
  • 7/9 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center 5/17
  • 7/10 Oklahoma City, OK – Ford Center 5/16
  • 7/12 Phoenix, AZ – Jobing.com Arena 5/17
  • 7/19 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena 5/17
  • 7/21 Sacramento, CA – ARCO Arena
  • 7/24 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
  • 7/27 Pemberton, BC – Pemberton Festival
  • 7/29 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
  • 7/30 Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome
  • 8/1 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
  • 8/3 Omaha, NE – Qwest Center
  • 8/4 Chicago, IL – United Center
  • 10/20 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
  • 10/21 Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
  • 10/26 East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
  • 10/29 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
  • 10/30 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
  • 11/3 Boston, MA – TD Banknorth Garden
  • 11/11 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
  • 11/18 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
  • 11/19 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
  • 11/21 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
  • 11/22 Salt Lake City, UT – Energy Solutions Arena

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Yahoo! India, a leading global Internet company, today announced the launch of a new concept for Yahoo! India Search called Glue Pages Beta, available exclusively at www.yahoo.in. This new search experience collates and integrates the most relevant information from across the Web onto a single ‘visual’ search results page. Glue Pages Beta, which aggregates text, images, and video content, is available for select search terms across categories such as health, sports, entertainment, travel, technology, and finance.

Designed to save time by offering a new way to find answers quickly, Glue Pages Beta is ideal for topics with broad coverage across a variety of information sources. For example, a search for ‘diabetes’ combines results from HowStuffWorks, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Health, Yahoo! Answers, and blogs. A search for ‘Aishwarya Rai’ would include biographical quick-facts, videos, music tracks, photos, and content from Yahoo! Answers.

Results will be displayed alongside classic Yahoo! India Search results. Consumers will also find links for other Glue Pages on topics related to their query.

Gopal Krishna, Head of Audience, Yahoo! India.

“Searching on Glue Pages Beta will result in an experience that promises more than just web links. Users will receive more relevant, visually appealing search results from across the Web in one topical page. The new Glue Pages Beta feature for Yahoo! India Search supports our strategy to make Yahoo! the leading starting point on the Internet and demonstrates our commitment to provide a compelling online search experience,” said Gopal Krishna, Head of Audience, Yahoo! India.

“Glue Pages Beta limits guesswork for the user by providing the best of web, all onto one ‘at-a-glance’ page. Over time, Glue Pages Beta will be made available to more categories that are relevant to users in India. We are excited to open this up further and work with a wider ecosystem of consumers, publishers, developers and advertisers in the future,” said Sandeep Shrivastava, Director Search, Yahoo! India.

Yahoo! Glue Pages Beta.

With a focus on providing a compelling and intuitive online search experience, the new Glue Pages Beta helps enable users in India to derive maximum value from their search efforts. As this beta evolves, Yahoo! India Search will explore various ways to supplement algorithmically generated Glue Pages with topical pages built and maintained by local subject-matter experts from the Internet community.

Key benefits of Glue Pages Beta

  • Collates and integrates the best information from across the Web onto a single topical page.
  • Uses intuitive search technology to identify the most relevant combination of text, images and video content for select popular search queries, alongside classic Yahoo! India Search results.
  • Saves time and helps eliminate guess work involved in clicking on multiple web links.
  • Initially available across categories like health, sports, entertainment, travel, technology and finance.

What are Glue Pages?
Glue Pages unite your Classic Search Results with visual information from the best sites anywhere on the Web.

Glue Pages unite your Classic Search Results with visual information from the best sites anywhere on the Web.

How are they different?
In one click, browse through images, videos, articles, and more all on one page! With Glue Pages, you spend more time learning and less time searching.

In one click, browse through images, videos, articles, and more all on one page! With Glue Pages, you spend more time learning and less time searching.

What are Related Pages?
These are Glue Pages that we think you might be interested in based on the topic of your search. Example:

These are Glue Pages that we think you might be interested in based on the topic of your search.

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MySpace, the world’s most popular social network, alongside Yahoo!, eBay, Photobucket, and Twitter, today announced the launch of the MySpace ‘Data Availability’ initiative, a ground-breaking offering to empower the global MySpace community to share their public profile data to websites of their choice throughout the Internet. Today’s announcement throws open the doors to traditionally closed networks by putting users in the driver’s seat of their data and Web identity. The launch of the Data Availability initiative marks the first time that a social Website has enabled its community to dynamically share public profile information with other sites.

MySpace Data Availability on Twitter.

“The walls around the garden are coming down-the implementation of Data Availability injects a new layer of social activity and creates a more dynamic Internet,” said Chris DeWolfe, CEO and co-founder of MySpace. “We, alongside our Data Availability launch partners, are pioneering a new way for the global community to integrate their social experiences Web-wide.”

Data Availability – User Interface

Data Availability pioneers a new way for users to dynamically share their user generated content and data with websites of their choosing. The Data Availability initiative is founded first and foremost on the simple and comprehensive user control of their own content and data – users will have control over what information they share and who they share it with.

Additionally, rather than updating information across the Web (eg. default photo, favorite movies or music) for each site where a user spends time, now a user can update their profile in one place and dynamically share that information with the other sites they care about. MySpace will be rolling out a centralized location within the site that allows users to manage how their content and data is made available to third party sites they have chosen to engage with.

Inside this opt-in framework, they will be offered the opportunity to share their MySpace profiles with the site they are visiting. MySpace, and its landmark launch partners, will be allowing users to dynamically share the content and data of their choosing including: (1) Publicly available basic profile information, (2) MySpace photos, (3) MySpaceTV videos, and (4) friend networks. Integration of the Data Availability project will roll to MySpace users and participating Websites in the coming weeks.

“The launch of Data Availability is an unprecedented move to further socialize the Web and empower users to control their online content and data,” said Amit Kapur, Chief Operating Officer, MySpace. “We are thrilled to begin this initiative with a world class suite of landmark partners and invite websites around the world to participate.”

Partner Website Functionality

Data Availability is about enriching existing Internet destinations with social functionality and valuable pre-existing user generated content and data.  By empowering users with the ability to dynamically share, those destinations will create deeper levels of social engagement and new functionality throughout their site. As the online home to 117 million users worldwide, this groundbreaking initiative enables the larger Web to leverage the highly engaged and passionate MySpace global community.

To ease implementation for participating sites, the MySpace Data Availability initiative uses OAUTH and Restful APIs as its core technology underpinnings. MySpace is using open standards in an effort to embrace the open source community and allow the implementation to be as non-proprietary as possible. Today’s announcement is the first step of MySpace’s larger data portability initiatives coming down the pipeline. MySpace is officially joining the Data Portability Project demonstrating our continued commitment to openness and open standards.

Data Availability on Yahoo!

MySpace’s Data Availability complements Yahoo!’s recently announced Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS), a company-wide initiative to open Yahoo! to application developers, unlock the rich social connections across the Yahoo! network, and enable users to customize and make more personally relevant their experiences of Yahoo! and other Internet services.

On Yahoo!, the Data Availability initiative may appear to users in a variety of ways.  For example, users that have chosen to share their MySpace content and data with Yahoo! Instant Messenger might find their MySpace default photo, interests, and favorite music displayed to their Messenger contacts directly in the IM client.  Additionally, MySpace users will be able to choose to display their data within Yahoo!’s universal profile or leverage it in Yahoo! Mail’s smarter inbox, once those upcoming releases are deployed.

“Yahoo! believes in an open Internet that gives users the flexibility to make their Web experiences as relevant, social and personalized as they can.  As a longtime collaborator with MySpace on a variety of projects, including the OpenSocial Foundation, we’re thrilled to support this new initiative,” said Ash Patel, Executive Vice President, Platforms, at Yahoo!.  “The Yahoo! Open Strategy and MySpace Data Availability are a giant leap towards a more social and open Internet.”

Data Availability on eBay

Through the MySpace Data Availability implementation, eBay profiles can be easily enhanced with MySpace bios, interests, pictures, and videos. In a socially driven marketplace, this will yield a deeper connection between individuals. When browsing or transacting on eBay, the availability of external social information can help users make good decisions quickly about whom they can do business with, and perhaps even make a new friend.

“The MySpace Data Availabilityinitiative will further enrich eBay profiles and create a more elaborate social experience for buyers and sellers worldwide,” said Matt Ackley, VP of Internet Marketing of eBay.  “As the world’s largest social commerce site, eBay is dedicated to creating a social context and personality for the people with whom you transact.”

Data Availability on Photobucket

MySpace’s Data Availability initiative will allow Photobucket users to enjoy a more seamless photo experience with their MySpace profile.  Photobucket users will be able to have a single view of their photos across multiple services, as well as opt-in to displaying their MySpace profile data in their Photobucket albums.  Users will also be able to leverage their existing connections on MySpace to share their content on Photobucket more easily, without having to re-establish connections and friend lists.

“MySpace users invest a huge amount of time populating their profile and personal interest data.  With the large overlap in users, the Data Availability initiative will allow Photobucket to utilize this profile data to enhance its own products,” said Alex Welch, President of Photobucket.  “The combination of the Data Availability initiative and the recently announced Photobucket Open-API provides new opportunities to create a more open web”

Data Availability on Twitter

Twitter profiles at present are primarily focused on current updates and are relatively sparse on user information. The MySpace Data Availability initiative enriches the current Twitter profile by empowering users to incorporate their MySpace profile content and data points previously not included in the Twitter product suite.  Once the implementation is complete, a user will be able to bring in their MySpace content and data including their bio, blogs, and photos, ultimately making the Twitter site a more enriching site with content previously unavailable in its interface.

“Finding friends to follow is central to Twitter’s value as a real-time communication utility.” Says Biz Stone, Co-founder, Twitter. “This project enhances discovery and connectivity making Twitter more relevant and useful-we’re very excited.”

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