As yet another week of API profiling comes to a close, we take a look back at some of the APIs that caught our attention. This week there were 56 APIs added to our directory and our team picked the ones that stood out the most to them.
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.
Our API directory now includes 62 real time APIs. The newest is the Telsolutions API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is a tie between the Twitter Streaming API and the Thrutu API. We list 5 Twitter Streaming mashups and 5 Thrutu mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of real time APIs.
At the beginning of 2011 we reported that Collect had decided to drop it’s API in order to change their offering to something more profitable. But now ReadWriteWeb have reported the disappointing demise of Collecta. This has the potential of being the first big failure of a well funded real-time web focused company, so questions need to be asked about why this happened and why Collecta weren’t successful. Back in January of this year we asked “Is It Finally the End for Real-time Search Engines?” and it now looks like that very question is being raised again.
This past week 27 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 32 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Avvo, Collecta, Forvo, Google Geocoding, Google Gmail OAuth, Map24 AJAX API, Playme, Quora, SemanticHacker, SendGrid and Yahoo PlaceFinder. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twilio and Twilio SMS. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (5 APIs, 7 mashups), Social (4 APIs, 6 mashups) and Music (3 APIs, 4 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
During the past four months we’ve seen not one but two well known real-time search engines disappear. First there was OneRiot, which in October 2010 decided to focus on advertising. More recently, Collecta closed it’s real-time search engine and API to focus on alternative real-time products. Digging further into real-time search offerings you will also discover that crowdeye has also decided to pull its real-time search engine. This now appears to leave Topsy, and of course Google as the main players focusing on building a real-time search destination. Does this trend signal the end for all real-time search engines or just that their focus has been wrong?
Collecta, a real-time search engine that allowed users to query across a variety of sources, has changed directions and suspended its service. The Collecta API, which drove a significant amount of queries to the Collecta search engine, will be unavailable come February 11.
Every single public message on Google Buzz, the content-sharing platform from the search giant, is now available to any developer. A similar, if much fatter, pipe is available from Twitter, but only for large partners paying big bucks. Accessing the “firehose” is about the same any other API, which makes it an easy way to get a lot of content quickly.
The Twitter Streaming API has been successfully used by Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft, who have been given access to the full feed of all public tweets. Twitter has now enabled this “firehouse” of data for a number of other companies.
This past week 14 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 30 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Bandsintown, Collecta, IP Location and OneRiot. The most often used APIs this week are Box.net, Twitter and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Search (7 APIs, 8 mashups), Music (4 APIs, 5 mashups) and Social (3 APIs, 8 mashups).