TagWorld Adds Open API

Santa Monica-based TagWorld, an online social networking startup, has opened up an API for developers, the first for a social networking site. The social networking site, said that its new "web widgets" allow users to cut and paste mini-applications into TagWorld, MySpace, Friendster, and other web pages, and allows third party developers to create their own web widgets. TagWorld's widgets are flash-based applications, and include tools to share photographs from the TagWorld site, games, a calculator, and media player. TagWorld said it was making source code examples and information for developers available to create their own widgets. The widgets work not only on TagWorld's social networking web site, but on competing sites such as Friendster and MySpace.