Uberblic Wants to Be the One API to Link Them All

Garrett Wilkin, September 1st, 2011

uberblic Doppelganger Uberblic is another instance of what may become a trend in the world with thousands of APIs: the Meta-API. The Uberblic Doppleganger API is currently in beta, but it is quite ambitious in that it looks to position itself as a API cross-reference or mutli-plexer.  Submit an ID from one API to the Doppleganger, get 4-5 IDs for matching content from other APIs.

There is a recurring problem faced by app developers.  If you want to incorporate social media, which API should you use?  If you want to incorporate location, which Geo API do you use?  Many developers have chosen to implement several interfaces to the different API providers in these subject areas.  Implementing the interfaces to multiple platforms is the first step, but then there’s the additional task of confirming the identity of objects across these platforms.  The first subject area that Uberblic has tackled is location.  In Uberblic’s example they help to answer the question “How do I map a foursquare location to a LastFm venue?”

The RESTful Doppleganger API currently has one API call that returns a lovely JSON formatted list of IDs.  Developers are currently limited to 1,000 calls per day, but it is beta after all.

Similar location connectors are Factual Places API, New York-centric Foursquare venue project and to some extent the new InfoChips Geo APIs.

Uberblic wants to be this meta-API for all areas. I’m interested to see the next area they explore. Will it be social, like the Windsoc API? Identity, like the Qwerly API? How about music? Other areas? Since the problem of cross referencing objects between APIs won’t go away any time soon, I see this niche becoming more popular over time.

Both comments and pings are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Uberblic Wants to Be the One API to Link Them All”

September 4th, 2011
at 8:01 am
Comment by: 85 New APIs: InfoChimps, Uberblic, Social Bookmarking

[...] week we had 85 new APIs added to our API directory including a data integration service, a social bookmarking tool, video chat service, crowd-sourcing employment platform, medicinal [...]

September 5th, 2011
at 6:35 am
Comment by: API Måndag – Spotify på iOS, Google Analytics, förenklad OAuth « API – Mashup.se

[...] i FourSquare som motsvaras av en viss venue i LastFM. Uberblic Doppelganger APIet siktar på att lösa detta problem och gör det enkelt att mappa mellan LastFM, Gowalla, Facebook, Wikipedia, Yahoo mfl. Intressant [...]

September 24th, 2011
at 5:45 pm
Comment by: 85 New APIs: InfoChimps, Uberblic, Social Bookmarking | ADSENSE OPTIMIZED TEMPLATES

[...] week we had 85 new APIs combined to a API directory including a data formation service, a amicable bookmarking tool, video discuss service, crowd-sourcing practice platform, medicinal [...]

September 25th, 2011
at 2:23 am
Comment by: 85 New APIs: InfoChimps, Uberblic, Social Bookmarking | BLOGSPOT TEMPLATES

[...] week we had 85 new APIs combined to a API directory including a data formation service, a amicable bookmarking tool, video discuss service, crowd-sourcing practice platform, medicinal [...]

Follow the PW team on Twitter

ProgrammableWeb
APIs, mashups and code. Because the world's your programmable oyster.

John Musser
Founder, ProgrammableWeb

Adam DuVander
Executive Editor, ProgrammableWeb. Author, Map Scripting 101. Lover, APIs.