For those in the sales game, more is obviously better, but the success of generating hundreds of promising leads can be tainted by the problems that arise in managing and keeping track of those leads efficiently. Client Relationship Management (CRM) systems exist to tackle this very issue, however, a lot of them have proved to be either too complex or simply insufficient. Karma is a CRM that aims to provide the perfect balance between relevant features and simple usability in order to create a tool that promotes better business. The company has also released the KarmaCRM API which is great news for developers who want to integrate its functionality with other applications.
This week we had 50 new APIs added to our API directory including a mobile application advertising and monetization service, a webrtc video and audio services, a shipment tracking and notification service, an indoor mapping and commerce platform, a mobile application backend service, an unofficial transformice leaderboard and an online store for custom device covers. We also covered an API that changes the way payment processing works. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
A competitor created an export tool for Flickr ex-patriots, so the photo sharing site shut down the Flickr API developer key. The Google Plus developer page makes some wonder if the “real” Google Plus API is coming soon. Also: questions about the Google Safe Browsing API, free cloud database and 15 new APIs.
This past week 17 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 55 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include AlchemyAPI Keyword and Term Extraction , Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon Marketplace Web Service, BatchBook, CitySourced, Dailyplaces, Factual, Google Maps Elevation, Google Places, SEOmoz, Walk Score, WhitePages.com, Yellow Canada and Zappos. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Google Earth and Google Maps. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (8 APIs, 14 mashups), Shopping (7 APIs, 8 mashups) and Social (6 APIs, 9 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
This past week 20 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 Eventbrite and our own ProgrammableWeb API. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twitter and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Search (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Social (4 APIs, 10 mashups) and Shopping (4 APIs, 7 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Ruby developer Wynn Netherland has put together an impressive list of Ruby wrappers for some of the most frequently used APIs on the web. Netherland’s site requires four screens of scrolling to see all 19 of the libraries he has contributed.
Have you ever received one of those questionnaire emails? You know the ones I mean, 20 questions (or more), desperately seeking to find out inane details about your life and hopefully bring some email servers to a halt? I’m sure you’ve had one of those in your inbox at some point. That time is over. Now you can do it on Formspring.