60 New APIs in 30 Days

John Musser, August 1st, 2008

At ProgrammableWeb we have been monitoring the emergence of mashups and APIs since 2005, and while there has always been steady growth, this year has seen an accelerating acceptance of APIs as a business strategy. The most recent evidence is that over 60 API entries have been added to our database in the last 30 days.

As recently as April, we were commenting on reaching 40 entries a month. It’s clear that APIs directed to the consumer have reached a level of maturity and widespread usage among the Web 2.0 upstarts and major Internet players, while enterprise usage is following right behind.

Let’s look at how the 60 break down by number in each category:

The community category has grown through location-based services APIs (Rummble, Brightkite) and social sharing APIs (Postrank, Flixya), while search has seen an uptick with the interest in semantic, topic, and vertical searches (Sindice, KISTI, Simply Hired).

Among the notable APIs we’ve covered in July are the business postal service PostalMethods and the business information repository from TechCrunch. The traditional mapping category has seen improvements from the major players, with Yahoo offering search along routes, Google introducing transit feeds, and a new API from enterprise GIS vendor ESRI.

Sixty home runs in baseball stood as an unassailable record for 34 years – we’re betting it takes less than that number of days for the 60 APIs of July to be bested.

For reference, here’s the rundown of new API listings:

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5 Responses to “60 New APIs in 30 Days”

August 1st, 2008
at 6:39 am
Comment by: web40.info | A Web 4.0 Story » Blog Archive » Mashups are boosting Web 4.0, two major APIs launched per day last month

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August 1st, 2008
at 6:35 pm
Comment by: Mikael Bergkvist

Why isn’t http://www.widgetplus.com found under file storage API’s?
It let’s anyone do stuff like this, http://www.widgetplus.com/testbed171.htm

August 12th, 2008
at 11:50 am
Comment by: Oliver George

Hello from OpenX

Great to hear you’ll be featuring the OpenX API.

Please feel free to contact me if you’d like some hints and tips. I’ll put you int touch with our community developer, Chris Nutting.

cheers, Oliver

August 12th, 2008
at 12:11 pm
Comment by: John Musser

@Oliver, thanks for the offer — OpenX API looks very useful.

October 9th, 2008
at 2:13 am
Comment by: 7 Days, 15 APIs

[...] new APIs were added to our directory. That’s just over 2 new APIs per per day. As we covered earlier this year, it’s a rate that is more than double that of a year ago. And given the number of new APIs we [...]

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