The Unofficial Google Plus API–Wait, Which One?

Romin Irani, July 18th, 2011

“Time waits for no man.” If we bring that to the API world, it seems that developers do not wait for the official API. Google Plus has garnered a lot of mindshare in the last couple of weeks. When we asked is Google Plus API intentionally late many developers answered with their own homegrown APIs and widgets. This follows a rich tradition started with unofficial Google Maps mashups and continued with full-featured, unpublished Instagram API. Both have followed with official APIs and expect the same of Google Plus. But until then, you have the ones below.

Do note that with these unofficial APIs any minor changes by Google at their backend could break these solutions. Readers are also advised to use these extensions with care since some of them end up requesting access to personal information.

Here is a roundup of some of them:

  • Google+Tweet: A full featured Twitter client inside your Google Plus Account.
  • Google+Facebook: A browser extension that lets you view your Facebook stream inside Google Plus. It also allows you to Post to Facebook. Image above from ReadWriteWeb’s coverage
  • CircleCount: A web application that takes a Google Plus profile and counts the number of followers and friends.
  • PHP-based Google Plus API: This API provides public user and relationship data in Google Plus. It also allows to post to a users activity stream.
  • Rudimentary Google Plus API: A Read Only JSON API that accepts a Google Plus profile id and gives you profile information and posts. The author, Emlyn O’Regan has also written a tool, Syyncc for tying together various social networks and currently supports extracting out data from Google Plus to other Social networks.
  • Google Plus – Share to Twitter/Facebook : A Chrome browser extension that allows you to share your Google Plus posts to Twitter and Facebook.

A search on Github brings many more results. Developer are not likely to wait and Google in all probability is also taking a look at how developers are working around Google Plus to finalize its API strategy. If you know of other interesting mashups, APIs and browser extensions that work with Google Plus, do share them here.

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13 Responses to “The Unofficial Google Plus API–Wait, Which One?”

July 18th, 2011
at 12:05 pm
Comment by: James Chevalier

Or, if your content with just waiting…
https://services.google.com/fb/forms/plusdevelopers/

Which states:
“To stay updated as the Google+ project develops and get a heads up when we have more details to share about Google+ developer opportunities, sign up here. Your email will be added to a Google group. In addition, we’d love to gather more information about you.”

July 18th, 2011
at 7:03 pm
Comment by: Emlyn O'Regan

Hi, I’m the developer of my.syyn.cc. A few things:
1 – The service is called “Syyncc”, not “Syncc”, I’d be most obliged if you’d correct the spelling above, and my apologies for the somewhat ridiculous spelling ;-)
2 – Also check out http://plusto.net/, Google+ to Twitter, the developer seems like a good fellow.
3 – A big shout out to the Buzzards, ie: the Google Buzz community (gives the secret handshake). That’s where Syyncc was born, and we all know it’s the true beating heart of Google+

July 18th, 2011
at 7:31 pm
Comment by: Emlyn O'Regan

Here’s another one:
http://gplus.sagg.im/
Sync Google+ to Twitter, Identi.ca and Facebook
Instructions
- Add +Agent G to one of your circles (This step is optional, but makes it easier to share your posts with him)
- Sign in with Identi.ca, Twitter or Facebook (See buttons at the upper right corner)
- Once you have connected, you will be given an authentication string. – Create a Google+ post containing your authentication string and share it only with +Agent G
- You can now sync G+ posts to your connected accounts by simply sharing your post with +Agent G

July 22nd, 2011
at 4:31 am
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August 4th, 2011
at 10:03 am
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September 15th, 2011
at 12:19 pm
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October 22nd, 2011
at 2:24 am
Comment by: Jerry

Here is another service posting from your G+ to your twitter acc: http://manageflitter.com/plus

There is some conflicting api requests possibly made by this service because twitter system automatically resetting user password sometimes.

November 15th, 2011
at 9:01 am
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February 8th, 2012
at 11:21 am
Comment by: Is a Real Google+ API on Its Way? | Second Income Education

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February 8th, 2012
at 6:45 pm
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October 14th, 2012
at 10:51 am
Comment by: Frank

There has been developments and these guys figured out a way around the read only part. A software called Google Plus SecondLife and it allows the user to make posts to Google+.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vBVU_75w6b4

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