Our API directory now includes 945 social APIs. The newest is the SmartBots API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Twitter API. We list [num] Twitter mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of social APIs.
It’s been a year since developers were underwhelmed by the first release of the Google Plus API. The search engine’s nascent social network has gained in popularity and even improved its developer tools, but it is still lacking the main feature many developers request–a writable Google Plus API.
It’s time we talk, Facebook, before you do something you’ll really regret. You see, I noticed you with that look in your eye again. The sort of look that marks the end of a promising young company and along with it a well-loved API. You say you’re changing, but I’m not sure I can ever trust you. Let me tell you why.
The Google Plus redesign shows signs of an app platform to come, says GigaOm. But that platform should not include a write API, says one developer. Plus: Group SMS goes RESTful, Amazon AWS docs on the Kindle and 28 new APIs.
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.
This past week 10 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 42 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Aviary Effects, Barcelona Bicing, Google Shopping Content, Google Shopping Search, Google Translator Toolkit and Next Big Sound. The most often used APIs this week are eBay, Facebook and Google Maps. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Shopping (9 APIs, 10 mashups), Mapping (6 APIs, 9 mashups) and Music (3 APIs, 4 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
The Google APIs Discovery API is an innovative API description service that helps make sense of Google APIs. Anyone using this meta-API can find other Google APIs and see the options available from those APIs. And thanks to this new API, ProgrammableWeb has now added “Try It” functionality to several Google API profiles in our directory. Using Google’s Discovery API, we automatically retrive resources and methods from Google, with form fields created to accept input. Without leaving ProgrammableWeb, you can now check out select Google APIs like the Google Translate API.
This past week 12 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 37 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include 43Things, Cheezburger, Cirip, GitHub, Google Gears, Klout, Netvibes, Plancast, Qwerly, SMSMyBus, Social Archive, TypePad and Vodpod. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Google Maps and Spotify Metadata. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (7 APIs, 11 mashups), Other (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Blogging (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Filtering, curation, aggregation and relevance have long been touted as the next important steps for social media. In actual fact we’ve had curation services in the form of Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Delicious and many more for a long time. However, the questions “How do I find the blog post, tweet, facebook update, photo or check-in that is most relevant to me?” and “How do I know I’ve not missed a really important piece of news?” are still asked daily. So, there still isn’t a definite answer – or a definitive service. Cadmus started off as a “real-time filtering service” for a product called ViewPoint, but has grown into a self-standing application and the Cadmus API can help users and developers answer these questions.
This week we had 52 new APIs added to our API directory including some from big companies. For example, we wrote about MasterCard’s ambitious platform. Other new APIs included cloud computing software, a text to speech service, media conversion tools, ATM location service, content access billing service and quite a bit more. Below is more detail on each of these 52 new APIs.