Twitter will turn eight in March and the Twitter API will have its birthday toward the end of the year. It’s been a long ride for something that started as sort of a side project. The service, and especially its API, saw quick growth, as the platform expanded, added features and eventually had to grow up.
I thought the social network space was filled up by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, kind of like how online bookstores have been dominated by companies led by Amazon. Sure, there are new social network competitors, but we grok the beast. But just when LinkedIn seemed to define the boundaries of social networking, Instagram comes out of nowhere and suddenly we understand less than we thought. Far from set in its ways, of social networking is being rocked by waves of game changers. In an article in Fortune, HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes serves up 7 contenders to watch in 2013.
Just months ago, Chirpify was known as the company that “turns tweets into transactions.” Chirpify has now deemed such commerce “in-stream commerce” and CEO (Chris Teso) has an interesting outlook on the industry that he feels Chirpify leads.
Yelp takes a big step forward by acquiring Qype. Chirpify expands its social commerce platform to include Instagram. Plus: Zuckerberg and Facebook have thought about charging for its APIs, but advertising is better, Rackspace Cloud Block Storage is now in unlimited availability and 14 new APIs.
Whether its a new e-commerce startup carving out its niche (e.g. Chirpify, Anedot), or an industry giant releasing new API capabilities (e.g. PayPal, MasterCard), e-commerce stories flood the headlines with new ways to transfer money across the web and on the go. However, Terapeak’s approach to e-commerce concentrates on behavior as opposed to money transfer. Terapeak has set the industry standard in e-commerce analytics and market research. Recently, Terapeak aimed to broaden its base and encourage deeper analysis with the new Terapeak API and Developer program.
A few months ago, Chirpify launched its e-commerce platform that turns Tweets into transactions. Now the company has entered the political scene with tweetlection, a fundraising platform for politicians.
Our API directory now includes 71 eCommerce APIs. The newest is the PayAnywhere API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Seatwave API. We list 8 Seatwave mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of eCommerce APIs.
Chirpify is a new e-commerce company that “turns Tweets into transactions.” Where businesses were only able to market and communicate messages to their Twitter followers in the past, Chirpify allows customers to instantly make purchases by Tweeting words such as “buy”, “pay”, or “donate” back to the business.
Our API directory now includes 124 payment APIs. The newest is the LevelUp API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the PayPal API. We list 32 PayPal mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of payment APIs.