February came and went, but not without blessing us with some amazing mashups. Let’s take a look back at some of the great tools that have been submitted to our mashup directory this last month. This group of mashups includes a human translation service, a random video site, and a social exercise site.
GoPollGo is all about creating polls, from running them during presidential debates to coworkers polling each other on where to go for lunch. It has two APIs. One is a public read-only API free to anyone. The other is private, in beta that allows third parties to create polls. Clients such as ESPN, Netflix, Hotels.com, Robert Scoble, AppleInsider and The Weather Channel, use GoPollGo to track opinions on their brands and businesses.
This past week 8 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 14 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Cloudmade Leaflet, ESPN, Payment Vision Pay, Payments Gateway, Paymentwall, QuickBlox and WordPress.org. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Payment Vision Pay and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (3 APIs, 4 mashups), Payment (2 APIs, 3 mashups) and Blogging (1 APIs, 1 mashups).
This Sunday, millions of sports fans around the world will sit in front of televisions and watch the biggest professional football game of the year. Among those watching will be a select group of hackers and data crunchers in Seattle, Washington. However, instead of prepping for the big game by stocking up on salsa and beer; these hackers will participate in Sports Hack Day and be a part of ”building applications that change the way people follow sports and interact with their favorite teams and fellow fans.”
Facebook Platform Updates include restricting content by age and new ad guidelines. Temboo API provides a common way to access 100+ APIs. Plus: Google puts code of all its Cloud offerings on Github and 17 new APIs.
We had a look at the Ergast Developer API , which basically covers car racing for Formula 1 enthusiasts and an interesting mashup using the Shiny statistical platform for web applications. We also had a look at the ESPN API which covers the Formula 1 sport but also the NASCAR racing.
Datasift scores $15 million in funding to marry public data to private enterprise data. Subtledata debuts developer platform to access point-of-sale systems. Plus new Facebook features for Hootsuite, Cloudability exits beta while offering killer analytics and cloud spending controls, and 12 new APIs.
President Obama tweets to victory. Hackathon challenges gender stereotypes. Plus Facebook gives 90 day notice for impending API changes such as ending custom actions for content consumption, Pocket service for reading it later launches a new SDK, and 5 new APIs.
What happens when women combine their love of sports with their love of technology? ESPN plans to find out this weekend, at the espnW Hack Day supporting its ESPN API and held on the Stanford University campus. And if you don’t think women love sports or technology, you need to think again.