An API With a Sense of Humor

Adam DuVander, August 10th, 2011

ItsThisForThatWait, what does your startup do? It’s a common question among the hip digerati, given that sometimes it’s not entirely clear. “It’s like Flickr for video,” may have been the reply five years ago as YouTube and other video startups grew. But what about now? There are far more hot startups and areas of focus to use as examples. That requires It’s This For That, a new site with a sense of humor. And like any good new venture, there’s an API. The It’s This For That API simply responds with the this and the that.

True to the modern API, it only returns JSON and has an option for a callback function, so you can integrate directly into your JavaScript applications. It’s a RESTful API, but REST zealots might prefer a more descriptive resource name than api.

The Fake Name Generator API is a similar idea for those who prefer to generate fake names over startup ideas. And here’s something that will shock the web startup world: they charge for the service.

If you’re into randomness, you might also like to check out:

And how about a few other fun results from It’s This For That. Some are good ideas and others might already exist!

What are your favorites?

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2 Responses to “An API With a Sense of Humor”

November 24th, 2011
at 9:04 am
Comment by: Marketing 20/20 » Political humor hits the mark

[...] Ask: how can you be playful with your customers in a way that they are enticed into your business?Years and decades from now, the Blagojevich (Governor of Illinois) scandal will seem like a big joke…6px" alt="" [...]

March 27th, 2012
at 1:21 pm
Comment by: The Personality Graph and the Psycho-Social Web

[...] of compatibility using the API. The service could potentially fuel a entire breed of “AirBNB for {blank}” type of apps, among other use [...]

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