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MySpace Platform App Development – Getting Apps Accepted to Directory

UPDATE: As of 18:05PST, both apps are approved. Now the long haul of promoting and iterative improvement. This will be fun!

I’m at the MySpace dev jam this morning working through the the tech details of launching apps. I want to make sure I comply with the strict acceptance policies. The app rejection process has been incredibly frustrating due to the responses provided by the team rejecting the apps. We need more detailed responses if we are going to be able to make our apps comply. Also, apps getting stuck in “Suspended” mode makes it extremely difficult to dev and test.

Here are some of my sample rejections from the last two days. Obviously it has been a frustrating process of submit, wait, scratch head, submit, wait… We aren’t allowed to reply to the emails for clarification.

Thanks to the MySpace team for hearing my concerns.

Sat 3/15/08 8:48 AM

Application Name: Stickers

URL: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=354061799

Reasons:

1. Images need to be used from Myspace Server, images from other sources are not allowed.

Adam: Didn’t see this in the guidelines, and certainly accepted apps use images from all over the place. Hope to resolve today.

Sat 3/15/08 12:19 AM

Application Name: Stickers

Application URL: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=354532631

Reasons: Application is fine. But references to external server JavaScript and CSS are not allowed. Only Inline JavaScript and CSS are allowed.

Adam: Think guidelines only disallow external javascript and css on profile and home page (but allowed on canvas). Removed it anyway.

Fri 3/14/08 11:18 PM

Application Name: Secret Admirer

Application URL: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=354556476

Reasons: Application is like hello world. It does nothing.

Adam: App is simple, but functional with database back end via my extrernal web site. Funcitionality very similar to Honest Box (Approved application)

Fri 3/14/08 12:09 AM

Application Name: Secret Admirer

Application URL: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=354556476

Reasons: Application is not working.

Adam: Need more details – I’ve tested with two users in IE + Firefox on Mac + Windows.

Fri 3/14/08 12:03 AM

Application Name: Stickers

Application URL: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=354532631

Reasons: This application works fine but have links that redirects the window outside of MySpace domain

Adam: Only link outside myspace was an advertisement on canvas page. Thought that was legal. Tried making it target=”_clear” instead of “_top”

Thu 3/13/08 11:09 PM

Application Name: Secret Admirer

Application URL: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=354297987

Reasons: Application logo violates copy rights issue. This logo is belong to google talk.

Adam: Umm, the image was not only completely different, it was a simple caption balloon. Licensed a different image from iStockPhoto just in case.

Thu 3/13/08 9:05 PM

Application Name: True Secrets

Application URL: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=354303420

Reasons: Application functionality is not complete as per description provided.

Adam: Description said app allowed sending anonymous messages between friends. Tweaked the wording, but not sure what they though was incomplete.

Thu 3/13/08 8:39 PM

Application Name: Stickers

Reasons: This application works fine but have links that redirects the window outside of MySpace domain

Application URL: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=354061799

Adam: Not sure what link they are referring too. Have an advertisement… but think that’s legal. Removed links to canvas page from profile.

Thursday, 2:28 PM

your current application does not meet our criteria for approval for the following reason:

JavaScript Error, No functionality

Adam: Need more detail. I’m testing with two users on Mac + PC (IE, Firefox, Safari)

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