BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Bebo, the largest
social network in the UK on Wednesday announced the launch of its Open
Application Platform, which is 100 percent compatible with the Facebook
Experienced developers and web businesses can now
build their own small web tools for Bebo using a set of code offered by the the
popular teen social networking site.
Bebo's Open Application Platform will be fully
compatible with the thousands of applications that have helped fuel growth at
social network Facebook, as well as a newer platform called OpenSocial launched
by Google Inc in October.
"We're not doing this to compete with Facebook," Bebo
CEO and co-founder Michael Birch said at a launch event in San Francisco. "We're
doing this to create a better experience for the user."
On Wednesday, Facebook said in a blog post to
developers that it would license its technology platform to other social
networks as a model.
The step means that developers currently building
Facebook applications "can make their applications available on other social
sites with no extra work," Facebook said.
Applications have become a major feature of social
networking sites, allowing users to access a host of services inside the site.
Facebook now offers more than 10,000 applications built by external developers.