Goodbye Google SOAP API

John Musser, December 21st, 2006

Google SearchThere’s been quite a buzz in the blogosphere over the past two days since Brady Forrest over at the O’Reilly Radar blog pointed out that Google deprecated their SOAP search API (see also Philipp Lenssen). If you go to the SOAP Search API homepage you’ll see the message “As of December 5, 2006, we are no longer issuing new API keys for the SOAP Search API. Developers with existing SOAP Search API keys will not be affected.” Instead, Google is recommending that developers use their Ajax Search API (an example of which is shown below).

The ensuing reaction from developers and observers has been quite vocal as you can see at Techmeme. Some saying it’s the beginning of the end for open web data APIs, others say it’s good discipline, a retreat to Web 1.0, or perhaps not surprising. Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet looks at the impact and asks Will Microsoft stay its search API course?. Martin LaMonica over at CNET gives this good recap.


The Google Search API entry is one of the early entries here at ProgrammableWeb. It has now been updated to reflect this change in status.

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6 Responses to “Goodbye Google SOAP API”

December 21st, 2006
at 10:49 am
Comment by: Marc’s Voice » Blog Archive » Its getting close to Ho Ho Ho time!

[...] Look what happens when Google decides to change things. [...]

December 23rd, 2006
at 5:55 am
Comment by: Mashup

It is a shame that Google goes this way IMHO.

January 5th, 2007
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Comment by: Goodbye Google SOAP API > Archives > Web 2.0 Stores

[...] [...]

January 10th, 2007
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Comment by: » Blog Archive » The Google API Controversies

[...] Twice in the past month Google has caused a bit of a stir with their APIs. The first happened when they started charging for their AdWords API and the second when Google said Goodbye SOAP Search API. [...]

April 9th, 2007
at 7:45 am
Comment by: carlo beccaria - blog / Api si o api no

[...] Ed e’ almeno la seconda brutta notizia, dopo la fine delle api soap di google. [...]

July 10th, 2008
at 3:24 am
Comment by: Yahoo’s BOSS Advances Search APIs

[...] search APIs have had a somewhat tenous existence to date, with Google’s now deprecated SOAP API being the best known example. Search APIs from most vendors have struggled to balance between [...]

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