Yet another month has passed and with it we take a look back at some of the best mashups from April that we missed the first time around. The mashups below make use of APIs from Foursquare, Google Maps, Zotero, Amazon and more and each was named Mashup of the Day.
This past week 13 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 20 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Aden Forshaw's The Cat, Blogama (IPInfoDB), CrowdFlower, eBay Finding, eBay Merchandising, eBay Shopping, Google Cloud Print, Google Prediction, Plunker, TheTVDB.com and Weather Underground (Wunderground). The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twitter and Weather Underground (Wunderground). And the most commonly used types of APIs were Tools (3 APIs, 4 mashups), Shopping (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Social (2 APIs, 4 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
As I continue to report on new APIs popping up all over the Internet, one theme has caught my attention: systems powered by simple information tasks completed by humans. It’s developing trend in which humans take requests from software systems, complete them, and feed the results back into the system. This is a fundamental shift in computing. Now, Human input is no longer solely for the purpose of controlling or directing the application. It has become just another functional component of the system. The human is taking the place of a software component and can in some instances be described in terms of expected inputs and outputs.
This week we added a whopping 55 new APIs to our API directory, making up for the prior holiday week. The new APIs include a handful of wine services, four email services, five SMS platforms, location-based marketing for retailers, a cloud hosting platform, a customer service chat platform and many more. Get your scrollbar ready and read on for more detail on each of these new APIs.
SaaS and cloud services provider LiveOps has just announced the release of a new “cloudsourcing” API for its LiveWork service. The Open Workforce API (OWAPI) enables businesses to integrate applications with an on-demand virtual workforce provided by LiveWork (more at our Open Workforce API Profile).