Google’s VP of engineering explains why Google Plus still doesn’t offer a full write API. Social media manager Buffer opens up its API to developers. Plus: Developer mashes up a “what’s hot in baseball” Chrome plugin in 48 hours and blogs about it and 14 new APIs.
Developers have been frustrated by Google’s unwillingness to open up their API. Recently Google’s senior VP of engineering, Vic Gundotra, took time out to explain why stating:
“I’m not interested in screwing over developers. When we open an API, we want developers to feel confident that the innovations they build are going to be long lasting. Releasing an API, and then later changing the rules of the game isn’t fun for anyone, especially developers who’ve spent their life’s energies building on the platform.”
For now, only approved partners will continue to have access to the Google Plus API; the rest of the development community will be asked to wait.
Yesterday, social media manager Buffer opened its API to developers in hopes of continuing it’s goal to become a “widespread sharing standard.” The app has been described as allowing:
“users post to their Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts…and offers the usual array of analytic feedback. However, its focus on non-original content sharing, especially photos, videos and articles, and individual users differentiates it from a crowded market.”
Buffer currently boasts more than 20 integrations, apps and extensions in their gallery with more on the way.
Today we had 14 new APIs added to our API directory including a audio post production service, file selling service, secure payment service, online letter writing service, file hosting and monetization service, secure payment service, information security and compliance service, online docketing service, twitter sentiment analysis service, it management service, shared event photostream application, website parsing service, universal forum access service, used electronics valuation service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Auphonic API: Auphonic is a service that develops algorithms for music information retrieval and audio signal processing. These algorithms are used to create automatic audio post production web services for podcasts, audio books, lecture recordings, screencasts, and more. The Auphonic API gives developers access to functionality including starting a production using presets, accessing the details for productions and presets and querying existing data. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.
Breeziee API: Breeziee is a file selling service that allows users to upload and sell any file that the user create. The Breeziee API enables users to build applications powered by Breeziee, pull content into other services, or include Breeziee data on external websites. API calls include adding new files, requesting details of files, and searching the directory for other files.
Cash-Ticket Merchant API: Cash-Ticket is an online payment service for merchants and customers. The API is available in SOAP and, on a more limited basis, HTTP. The API enables users of the Cash-Ticket build a secure payment system into web shops using SSLv3. An account is required with service.
Epistly API: The epistly API allows you to create hand-written letters or cards with a more personal touch than communicating by email. Each letter's contents is carefully scribed on high quality cards or stationery. A programming interface will allow the sender to create individual business or personal pieces that will be delivered by mail.
FileCopter API: FileCopter is a free file hosting service that also pays users when other people download the users uploaded files. When a file is uploaded, a download link is generated and the owner of the files will receive $20 for every 10,000 downloads of the file. The FileCopter API uses REST calls to get file information or upload files directly to the server. An API key is required to access the API interface.
PerfectMoney API: PerfectMoney offers a secure money transfer service from p2p and from b2b. The PerfectMoney API allows users to interact with the PerfectMoney service programmatically using the REST protocol. The API allows users to check account history, balance, exchange rates, and e-voucher listings of the user's account. It also enables active uses such as spending calls and e-Voucher creation.
QualysGuard API: QualysGuard Cloud is an information security and compliance solution. QualysGuard applications include vulnerability management, policy compliance, web application scanning, malware detection and Qualys SECURE Seal for security testing of web sites.
The QualysGuard API enables developers to integrate all aspects of the QualysGuard automated solution into their applications via an extensible XML interface.
Royal Mail E*Pro API: Royal Mail's E*Pro service allows users to complete mailing dockets online, track invoices, and much more. Certain tasks can be accomplished in bulk, such as creating dockets and sending mail. The Royal Mail E*Pro API makes these functions available programmatically via SOAP calls in XML format.
Sentiment140 API: Formerly known as Twitter Sentiment, Sentiment140 is a service that lets users discover the current sentiment around a brand, product or topic on Twitter. Sentiment140 uses classifiers based on machine learning algorithms and allow users to see the classification of individual tweets. The API lets users classify tweets and integrate sentiment analysis classifer functionality into their own websites or applications. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.
ShockeyMonkey API: Shockey Monkey is a management and customer relations service. An account is required for use of the ShockeyMonkey API. The API allows users to use contact management, company management, and ticket management operations within their pre-existing ShockeyMonkey account. The API uses REST calls and Returns XML. Full technical support is available at the ShockeyMonkey "University", available on the company website.
SnapReplay API: SnapReplay is an app that lets users instantly share photos of events they attend. When using the app, photos from the event are automatically sent to a shared picture stream where they are displayed in real time. After the event, a browsable photo album is available that shows all of the pictures taken. An API is available to allow users to embed a photostream on their own website. In addition, the API allows users to search for active local events, lookup venues and upload media. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.
Synthetic's Web API: Synthetic's Web allows developers to parse website and feed data into their applications. The technology is based on Web Parse Template, which allows developers to flexibly parse and create data at their will. The API exposes the functionality of the service including the ability to return a parsed website in a chosen format. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML or JSON.
Tapatalk API: Tapatalk is a forum service that allows users to enhance the functionality of forums. Tapatalk provides a single interface to access multiple forums. The Tapatalk API allows users to integrate custom forum systems with the Tapatalk network to allow users to access it more readily, particularly through mobile apps. The API is free to use.
WorthMonkey API: WorthMonkey is a used electronics valuation service that searches internet vendors for price data and provides purchase options as well as a pricing threshold. The API allows users to query WorthMonkey for the value single items or a list of items. An account with WorthMonkey is required to get an API key and access the API.