Friendster has opened its platform to outside developers for a November 30th launch of the social networking site's first collection of widgets. They will allow developers to keep 100% of revenue. Recent media attention has focused on Facebook's rapidly growing 49 million users, but Friendster still claims 50 million users and remains popular in Asia and abroad. MySpace boasts 200 million, but growth appears slowing.
Friendster follows similar moves by MySpace and Facebook and Google and Yahoo are also rumored to be opening their personal pages to outsiders. Fans will be able to add free widgets that, for example, promote a favorite band and sell downloads, tickets and merch. Some companies like Nimbit, RerverbNation and iLike are already providing artists with widgets that work across multiple sites and blogs.