Launch plan update

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Amar GandhiGroup Product Manager

We've made a couple of modifications to the launch plan detailed in this post. We've decided to have a pre-launch testing period in which we'll push just a few apps to production -- this will likely happen next week. We are notifying the apps that will be in the directory for this initial testing period today (Feb. 26th). If you submitted an app, but are not selected for the pre-launch testing phase, hang tight...we'll contact you before the launch.

After the pre-launch testing is complete and we are confident that the platform is ready, we will launch the platform to developers. We expect the pre-launch testing to take around four weeks. When we launch, we will be whitelisting apps on a daily basis assuming they meet the criteria (not malware or spammy, no 404 errors, etc).

As we and our users get comfortable with apps on orkut, we will remove the whitelisting process and you will be able to add apps to the directory yourself.

We apologize for delaying the launch a few weeks. We feel that this pre-launch testing period will ensure that users are introduced to apps in the best way possible.

If you have any questions about this new launch plan, let us know in the orkut developer forum.