Our API directory now includes 453 search APIs. The newest is the Automatton Instant Answers API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the eBay API. We list 220 eBay mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of search APIs.
If there’s a new dawn in the age of search, Datafiniti is the sun. They are the first to take a new and profound approach to search in years. Most search engines return a list of links to web pages, but Datafiniti has much bigger plans. Instead of links, they return a set of data. A search for a burrito in Texas would give you a list of restaurants complete with goodies like reviews in addition to the important bits like name and address. The dataset itself has been out there for years, but its the aggregartion and presentation that’s different. With the Datafiniti API, it is now possible for developers to easily integrate that data into web applications.
Crawling webpages isn’t something most of us are set up to do. That’s why 80legs turned it into a service, spidering two billion web pages per day. It launched with only Java support. Now the company has added an API Kit for Python programmer, responding to its users most popular request.
This past week we had a variety of new APIs added to our API directory including a commercial search API (which we reported on in A Contest To See If Your Search Idea Has Legs), a mobile location positioning API from Ericsson Labs, and a new service from Google: their Issue Tracker Data API. More details on each of these below:
What could you do if you were spidering two billion web pages per day? Whatever your answer is to that hypothetical, you might as well do it now. The 80legs platform lets you write your own web crawler and sell your apps to users (our 80legs API profile). And if you can build it fast, there’s an 80legs contest looking for your entry.