WhitePages.com Announces API and Contest

Raymond Yee, April 1st, 2008

WhitePages logoYesterday, WhitePages.com announced a new search API that gives developers access to a substantial database of 180 million people, which represents approximately 80% of US adult population and includes 25 million “at work listings”. There are many potential applications for this API. We’ve created a new API profile here and according to their developer documentation, the WhitePages API lets developers use HTTP GET to retrieve XML or JSON for the following types of searches:

  • Find Person: search by a person’s name and location to find the person’s complete address and phone number.
  • Reverse Phone: search by phone number to find the related name and address.
  • Reverse Address: search by street address to find the related name and phone number.

A quick way to get started with the API is to sign up for an account, apply for a key, and then head over to the QueryBuilder, which lets you try out the API functions in your browser.

Should the API get you worried about your own privacy, follow the instructions provided by WhitePages.com on removing your contact info from its database.

One option for getting up to speed with the API is to consider entering the WhitePages.com API Contest (deadline: May 15, 2008), which is offering prizes for two categories: “best iPhone application” and “best social networking application”. The WhitePages Application Gallery gives a set sample code to implement some basic uses of the API: Outlook integration, a “Who Called Me” app, and a mashup of Google Maps and the WhitePages API.

To learn more check out the FAQ and WhitePages Developer’s Blog, both of which contain some very enlightening tidbits (and for more launch coverage see ReadWriteWeb).

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5 Responses to “WhitePages.com Announces API and Contest”

April 2nd, 2008
at 2:25 am
Comment by: BlinkGeo » Trippy Tuesday Link Karma - 04-01-2008

[...] Whitepages.com Announces an API and a Contest Tap into the database of $180 million people assembled by Whitepages.com.  Privacy concerns?  Me too.  Here are instructions on how to get your info removed. [via ProgrammableWeb] [...]

April 3rd, 2008
at 12:57 pm
Comment by: bob thompson

What about business white pages?
(or yellow pages)
That would be really useful.

April 4th, 2008
at 12:17 pm
Comment by: Raymond Yee

Bob — I agree that business white pages or yellow pages would be very useful. In the context of WhitePages.com, I didn’t see any mention of such services. In the ProgrammableWeb database, there is

http://www.programmableweb.com/api/us-yellow-pages

Have you taken a look at that?

November 4th, 2008
at 5:39 pm
Comment by: Tommy

check out my site! I built it last summer & it uses the Whitepages API (XML , PHP) http://i-locate.info

June 14th, 2012
at 5:27 am
Comment by: check them out

Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this,
like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with
some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is great blog.
A great read. I will certainly be back.

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