Web search leader Google has signed on MySpace, the world's largest social network, to its platform for allowing outside developers to write programs for social Web sites.
The addition of MySpace gives the Google platform greater strength against fast-growing Facebook, which opened up its site to developers in May and has since seen its user base grow to more than 48 million people.
Google and MySpace said on Thursday they had been working together on the project for more than a year. News Corp.-owned MySpace has some 110 million users worldwide.
Google unveiled its OpenSocial platform earlier this week, saying it would give outside developers tools to write programs for any of its social network partners.
Google had already disclosed that social networks such as LinkedIn and Friendster had joined the program, as well as some of the biggest independent developers on Facebook. ( Reuters )