April 16th, 2008 | Published in Google Orkut
Last month's prelaunch testing of the orkut developer platform brought a small set of third-party applications to less than 1% of orkut users. After implementing various improvements, tweaks, and fixes, we are moving into the first stage of the official rollout process by announcing the platform's availability in India, which represents about 10% of the orkut user base.
To commemorate the launch, five new applications are being added to the directory alongside the 15 from the prelaunch testing period. Early next week, after we have had an opportunity to assess the platform for several days, we will begin adding more applications to the directory. As noted previously, apps originally submitted on or before 2/15 will get first priority for review. All others are being reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis, so submit yours soon!
Several members from the OpenSocial developer support team will be available in the official OpenSocial IRC channel (irc.freenode.com#opensocial) next week to chat about the orkut platform and development in general. Stay tuned to this blog for an official date and time, which we'll make available soon.