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hi5 Launches Developer Platform

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The social network hi5 has just launched their developer platform. hi5 is an extremely popular social network (the network is number 8 according to Alexa) and like MySpace or Facebook is a desirable social network to develop applications for.

Below is an excerpt from the release plan of the developer platform.

Monday, March 31st 04:30 PST - Release has progressed as planned, and we now have 53 applications approved for launch tomorrow. If you got us your userids before about midnight, you can access the platform on www.hi5.com now. Currently the platform is open only to whitelisted users. Release to the rest of our users will proceed as planned starting at 12:00 pm PST today. If you were late getting your application submitted or getting your ids whitelisted, not to worry, contact us at platform-help@hi5.com and we'll do our best to accommodate you as soon as possible.

The hi5 Platform is set to launch tomorrow. Details of the rollout plan are as follows.

We will rollout to percentages of our user base based on userid ranges. In addition to that we have implemented a user whitelist to allow developers with apps that are launching and hi5 developers to see the platform regardless of rollout percentage. If you are a developer with an app launching and have not yet sent us ids to whitelist for the launch please send your developers' hi5 ids to platform-help@hi5.com and we'll add them to the whitelist.

You can read the full release plan here.

If you are interested in developing an application for the hi5 developer platform you'll be glad to know that they are supporting the open social initiative. If you make a cool app for hi5 I would love to hear about it (you can leave it in the comments or write a blog about it on this blog using your free Ajaxonomy account).