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.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has announced a new acquisition. The team behind Instagram will now be part of Facebook. The most compelling piece of Zuckerberg’s post declares that Instagram will remain an independent product, which is good news for the Instagram API.
Our API directory now includes 76 storage APIs. The newest is the Pervasive Data Integrator API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Amazon S3 API. We list 77 Zillow mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of storage APIs.
An API can be an extremely powerful tool, allowing you to expand the functionality of your product without having to do the development yourself. To achieve this, however, you need to get developers using your API. If you’re Google, that’s not an issue, but if you’re a young startup, it can present a real challenge.
Transloadit offers media upload, modification, and storage as a service for developers who need that functionality (or, as Transloadit’s homepage puts it, “geeks who run web or mobile applications”) but don’t want to worry about it themselves. There aren’t too many moving parts to it, but they’re ones a lot of applications make use of. The Transloadit API’s main functions include: file upload, image resizing, video file encoding, image thumbnail creations, and file storage on Amazon S3.
File sharing service drop.io last week struck a deal with Facebook in which the larger company will acquire “most of drop.io’s technology and assets.” Founder Sam Lessin, a friend and former schoolmate of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, will go work for Facebook in product management. As of the announcement, users ceased being able to create new “drops” (the service’s term for file uploads) for free. Existing premium users will have access to their accounts through December 15th, after which time all accounts will be terminated and all stored content will be deleted. Not all of drop.io’s products are being wound-down quite as quickly, and at least some of the developer APIs will be remaining up for longer than the main service.
This past week 24 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 23 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Google Wave and Tweetmeme. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twilio and Twilio SMS. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (5 APIs, 8 mashups), Mapping (4 APIs, 6 mashups) and Search (3 APIs, 3 mashups).
This past week 13 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 26 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Clipta, Drop.io, EditGrid, Foxrate, Google OpenID, Ifbyphone, Infosniper.net, Qype, RPX and Windows Live ID Web Authentication. The most often used APIs this week are Google Checkout, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Security (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Shopping (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Mapping (2 APIs, 3 mashups).