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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Photobucket Launches Top Pics on MySpace

Photobucket, the world's largest standalone photo and video-sharing site, today announced the launch of Top Pics on MySpace, the world’s most popular social network. Top Pics gives MySpace users a fun way to showcase their favorite photos from MySpace and Photobucket alongside those of their friends. Empowered by MySpace’s newly announced Developer Platform, Photobucket was able to easily build, test, and ultimately deploy Top Pics.

Top Pics displays photos in an attractive grid that can be viewed privately on a user’s MySpace home page or by friends on a user’s profile page. The application’s intuitive drag-and-drop interface enables users to quickly find, select and arrange images from multiple sources, including:

  • Users’ own Photobucket photo and image albums
  • Users’ own MySpace photo galleries
  • Friends’ Photobucket photo and image albums
  • Friends’ MySpace photo galleries
  • Photobucket's vast library of tens of millions of public images.

MySpace first introduced their Developer Platform site on February 5, 2008, beginning a one-month application development period allowing companies, including Photobucket, time 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 Top Pics, to both their home and profile pages.

“Photobucket pioneered ways for users to display their photos on MySpace,” said Alex Welch, president, Photobucket. “Building on that experience, we wanted to create a fun way for users to share each others’ photos from both MySpace and Photobucket. At that point, you’re no longer interacting with an application, you’re having fun with people you know.”

As with all MySpace Developer Platform applications, Top Pics is able to safely access publicly available profile information, including a user’s friend list and photos.

“We are committed to working with companies, like Photobucket, that are finding creative ways to enrich MySpace users’ experience,” said Kyle Brinkman, vice president and general manager, MySpace Developer Platform. “Top Pics is a great example of the unique and engaging applications developers are creating for the MySpace Developer Platform.”

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