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: