“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 This follows a rich tradition started with unofficial Google Maps mashups and continued with full-featured, unpublished Instagram API.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:
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.