Talk to developers about their cache of great domain names and these days you’re likely to find a few Dot IOs in the mix. The ProgrammableWeb directory tracks the growth of this TLD, where the .io stands for Indian Ocean, not input/output. No matter, APIs and other developer-oriented services have made the domain extension popular, with nearly 100 APIs in the directory hosted on .io domains.
Return Path, a leading email intelligence solutions provider, has just announced that the company has acquired Email API provider Context.IO; investing in an email ecosystem that supports development of innovative third-party applications that integrate email data using the Context.IO Email API.
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.
Our API directory now includes 199 email APIs. The newest is the Uptime Robot API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the SendGrid API. We list 10 SendGrid mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of email APIs.
I don’t think you have to be a developer to know that IMAP is a pain in the ass. Anyone who has used IMAP knows how wonky the experience can be, and as a developer if you have done more that basic folder listing and message display, you know IMAP is a headache. The Context.IO API is working to alleviate common IMAP headaches and it’s now out of beta.
This past week 17 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 ActBlue, Activ Financial, Active, Business.gov , Context.IO, Dropbox, MapQuest Open Directions, RhymeBrain and SMSMyBus. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Google Maps and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Shopping (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Mapping (3 APIs, 5 mashups) and Social (3 APIs, 4 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
DokDok, a Montreal-based startup, has had an email attachment management application on Google Apps some time. To make this work, it made an API to use internally that intelligently uses email accounts as if they were datastores. Recently, the company announced that this API would be renamed Context.IO and available to all.
This past week 15 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 38 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Context.IO, Deal Magic, Facebook Real-time Updates, Google Font, Google Gmail OAuth, High Gear Media, Highrise, Hunch, Imgur, Netvibes, Simply Hired Jobs, Superfeedr, Travel Booking Engine, Travelport, TravEnjoy, Twick.it, Twitter Streaming and Yipit. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twitter and Twitter Streaming. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (8 APIs, 11 mashups), News (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Shopping (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
This week we had 54 new APIs added to our API directory including a photo filter and effects service, online music distribution database, web-based helpdesk service, twitter long post service, ip camera platform, geolocation service, digital mail service and tickets search service. We looked in-depth at the Aviary Effects API, which we said could help you create your own Instagram. Below is more detail on each of these new APIs.