Photobucket’s Top Pics Application Connects Friends through Photos on the World’s Largest Social Network
Palo Alto—April 9, 2008—Photobucket (http://www.photobucket.com), the world’s largest standalone photo and video-sharing site, today announced the launch of Top Pics on MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/top_pics), 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 (http://developer.myspace.com), 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 (http://apps.myspace.com
), 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.”
To get more information and install Top Pics, please visit http://myspace.com/top_pics.
To learn more about the MySpace Developer Platform, see http://developer.myspace.com.
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Photobucket is the Web’s most popular creative hub, with nearly 40 million unique users around the world* linking billions of personal photos, graphics, slideshows and videos daily to hundreds of thousands of Web sites, including Bebo, Blogger, Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, Friendster, Hi5, MySpace, Orkut, Xanga and many others. In addition to linking content, Photobucket users share their personal digital media by e-mail, instant messaging and mobile devices. Every day, over 7.5 million personal photos, graphics and videos are uploaded to Photobucket for sharing with family, friends and the online world. The company actively moderates content to create a safe environment for its users, partners and advertisers. Photobucket has offices in Palo Alto, California and Denver, Colorado and is located online at http://www.photobucket.com. For the latest feature announcements and news, please visit the Photobucket blog at http://blog.photobucket.com.
MySpace, a unit of Fox Interactive Media Inc., is the premier lifestyle portal for connecting with friends, discovering popular culture, and making a positive impact on the world. By integrating web profiles, blogs, instant messaging, e-mail, music streaming, music videos, photo galleries, classified listings, events, groups, college communities, and member forums, MySpace has created a connected community. As the first ranked web domain in terms of page views**, MySpace is the most widely-used and highly regarded site of its kind and is committed to providing the highest quality member experience. MySpace will continue to innovate with new features that allow its members to express their creativity and share their lives, both online and off. MySpace’s international network includes localized community sites in the United States, France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Latin America, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Brazil and the United Kingdom. Fox Interactive Media is a division of News Corp. (NYSE:NWS) (NYSE:NWS.A) (ASX:NWS) (ASX:NWSLV).
* comScore Media Metrix, February 2008.
** Among the top 2,000 domains comScore Media Metrix, December 2007. For more information on comScore Networks, please go to http://www.comscore.com.
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