Today in APIs: Facebook Instagram Traffic Confusion, New Benchmark for AngelList API and 13 New APIs

Wendell Santos, January 10th, 2013

InstagramFacebook removes Instagram app usage metrics from its API. AngelList’s API is now handling over 3 million requests each day. Plus: Expedia’s partnership with Room 77 begins to pay off, Codecademy offering API-focused lessons and 13 new APIs.

Facebook API Removes Instagram User Counts

FacebookAfter a report in the New York Post about Instagram’s dropping traffic, Facebook has now removed that data from its API. Services such as AppData will now no longer be able to use the Facebook API to see this data. According to Facebook, this move simply puts Instagram in line with other apps owned or created by Facebook.

This presents problems down the line as users and services try to track the performance of apps. According to TechCrunch:

Data on app growth helps developers monitor progress of themselves and their competitors, but it can be problematic if there is a glitch in the data channel, which in turn affects how overall traffic looks. Journalists who don’t understand how services like AppData work can jump to negative conclusions

AngelList’s API Now Handling 3 Million Requests Each Day

AngelListAngelList, a community bringing together startups and investors, announced that its API has reached a new benchmark supassing 3 million daily requests.

AngelList currently lists eight partners using its API including Rapportive, SendGrid, Pocket Angel and more. According to Ken Yeung:

The company says that a variety of tools are being created, including iPhone and Android apps, services that help to visualize the world of fundraising, automate their startup’s AngelList profile, and more.

AngelList promotes themselves as a platform for startups with the goal of making fund-raising more efficient. See our directory for more information about the AngelList API.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

13 New APIs

Today we had 13 new APIs added to our API directory including a project collaboration service, ad server and exchange software, sms and mms messaging service, online collaboration service, conservation resource search service, texas energy market information service, application development for vehicles platform, image moderation service, grade-school educational content service, photovoltaic output simulator service, us geocaching database, uk online payment service, geospatial wildlife data service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

A-Dato LynxA-Dato Lynx API: The service provides hosted scheduling and collaboration tools for managing projects of many types. Functions include sharing documents and data related to a project or ongoing production activities along with synchronized two-way communication. Planning and project management tools include Gantt charting and other scheduling tools to note dependencies and identify the critical path in a sequence of related activities.

API methods support integration with other project management and collaboration/communication tools by pushing event data from the service and accepting returns for full two-way synchronisation. Methods also allow integration directly at the database level or by adapting functional components within the application suite.

Ad Server SolutionsAd Server Solutions API: Ad Server Solutions provides ad serving solutions for publishers, advertisers, agencies and networks. An integrated platform for ad campaign management. The advanced ad serving and managing platform allows users to plan, buy, optimize, and analyze their ad campaigns all in one place. The Ad Server Solutions API is exposed via a set of RESTful APIs. Documentation is available to customers.

AT&T In-App MessagingAT&T In-App Messaging API: The service provides ability to incorporate SMS and MMS text and media messaging functions to handle messaging traffic to AT&T subscribers and those of other U.S. providers. It exposes subscriber mobile phone numbers and allows specification of message body and sender. Applications can dispatch messages for delivery to individuals or lists of up to 10 recipients.

API methods support submission of recipient mobile number and message text up to 160 characters with ISO-8859-1 formatting. Methods also support sending MMS media messages either larger than the SMS limit or including media attachments in a variety of formats. The API can also handle replies, either to the specific sender or to all recipients.

CardMeetingCardMeeting API: The service provides a shared environment for collaboration with virtual cards bearing information that meeting participants jointly consider and update. The permission model allows assignment of user accounts to project or community groups, giving them access to meeting spaces including cards created by group members. Information assigned to cards may be updated and downloaded as part of ongoing group work.

API methods support creating new cards and updating existing ones as well as exporting meeting data logged during user interactions. Methods also support controlling access to cards by assigning shared passwords that can be distributed to those granted access. Admin functions supported include monitoring the number of users currently logged in for access to a card or set of cards.

DOE Green EnergyDOE Green Energy API: The service from the U.S. Department of Energy provides search access to a collection of resources about energy use and conservation. It retrieves listings for a managed collection of resources highlighting key concepts related to energy efficiency and conservation. Its processes emphasize cataloging of resource content and linking of the familiar single-box search interface to a background structure of topics important in the discipline.

API methods support mapping of user keyword queries to terms from a controlled vocabulary built around scientific concepts important to green energy research. This so-called "keyword to concept" mapping converts a free-text search to a managed taxonomy, which allows retrieval of results for related terms, broader and narrower terms, and other highly targeted sematic relationships.

ERCOT MarkeTrakERCOT MarkeTrak API: The service from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) monitors electrical power generation activities and provides updates on events likely to affect electricity supply and cost within its service area. ERCOT manages distribution of approximately 85 percent of electric power used in the state. Its information service generates alerts for purchasing utilities and power suppliers alike about trends in the Texas markets.

API methods support access to press reports, estimates of electricity supply and demand for specified time periods, notification of planned and unplanned service disruptions, and related information.

FordFord API: Ford Motor Company offers a developer program for developers to create voice-activated applications to be integrated into vehicle technology. With AppLink and Sync by Ford, developers can integrate smartphone applications that can be used in vehicles.

Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here: https://developer.ford.com/become-a-member/.

IfisClean Image ModerationIfisClean Image Moderation API: IfisClean provides moderation services for images by leveraging a trained worldwide workforce. Using an API, developers can pass a URL and IfisClean will POST back to their server letting them know if the image is offensive or pornographic. Public documentation is not available.

in2Erain2Era API: The service provides embedded links to purchase books and other educational materials intended for children in kindergarten and primary grades. Educational content and activities are also provided, all integrated in websites of registered distributors reaching children or their parents.

API methods provide access to information from the product catalog to support display of item listings and provide content purchased via the integration. Information is updated only as products are added, so the provider recommends caching product records locally for improved performance.

NREL PVWattsNREL PVWatts API: The service estimates the expected performance of photovoltaic (PV) energy systems suitable for residential and small commercial applications. Simulations estimate energy production from PV cells, given a location and other operating conditions, along with cost savings. Cost data assume that a system is connected to an existing electrical power grid rather than free-standing.

API methods support submission of a location, specified as address or latitude and longitude, along with system operating parameters such as generating capacity, solar tracking functions, and operating times including daily schedules. Cost savings parameters include system initial cost, maintenance cost and deterioration over time, financing costs, tax effects, and related variables.

Opencaching.usOpencaching.us API: Opencaching.us is the official Opencaching site for North America and all US Territories. Users can add to the site's database of cache including descriptions and instructions necessary to find them. Users can also can organize their favorite caches, build custom searches, be instantly notified of new caches, seek and create caches of all types, export GPX queries and more. This data can be accessed via an API. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML and JSON.

PayPointPayPoint API: The service headquartered in the UK provides payment processing for e-commerce transactions and other online exchanges. It can verify validity and credit limits for credit and debit cards, then complete real-time payment and transfer funds to the seller's account. Payment options include Visa, MasterCard/Maestro, and Paypal.

API methods support secure, real time payment processing. Methods handle pre-authorization for credit and debit card number and transaction amount, providing an authorization code for use in completing payment. Methods also clear payments through the card provider's system and return confirmation of the funds transfer to both buyer and seller.

USFWS Geospatial ServiceUSFWS Geospatial Service API: The service from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides geospatial data about U.S. wildlife habitats, including fisheries. It supports integration of data about animal populations and habitats from human observers and remote sensing networks with geographic information systems (GIS), including global positioning system (GPS) references.

API methods support ArcGIS format for creating, updating, and distributing geospatial data collected during implementation of the USFWS Operational Plan. Methods give access to data about wildlife with GIS and GPS identifiers to allow mapping of observations and integration with other resource mapping applications. Datasets identify and allow mapping of coastal resources and wetlands, critical habitats inland, ecosystem regions, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) and National Wildlife Refuges, migratory bird movements, and others.

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