Our API directory now includes 38 visualization APIs. The newest is the Voicebox API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Google Visualization API. We list 26 Google Visualization mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of visualization APIs.
Google has some big changes for its database-like Google Fusion Tables API. Conference agenda site Lanyrd is using the foursquare API to make event check-ins more useful. Plus: PadMapper finds a Craigslist API, ESRI buys a mapping startup and 21 new APIs.
If your OAuth token is funky, Twitter has a way to let you know without completely making your app crash. The errand outsourcing service TaskRabbit is in nine cities and now has its own API. Plus: Facebook payments, Flickr’s birthday and 6 new APIs.
We’ve previously covered 3 free to geolocate any user. Today there’s another option, with Quova offering its service for free for the first time. The simple API provides extensive geographic information with only a user’s IP address (like 22.214.171.124) as input. The service was announced, along with a developer portal, at the Business of APIs conference in San Francisco.
Mobile commerce is a huge business opportunity because, at least in the United States, there is not much infrastructure to support it. That’s why mobile platform company Appcelerator recently announced its integration with the PayPal API. Now iPhone, Android and iPad developers using the paid version of the company’s Titanium framework also get the ability to conduct mobile commerce.
You know all those mobile applications you use? There’s important data behind where and when you use it. With Titanium+Geo, that data becomes accessible. The new platform for location analytics is a partnership from Appcelerator and FortiusOne, providers of the GeoIQ API that collects and displays the data.
Mapping APIs and map mashups are the definitive form of mashup platform and application. From Google Maps to AOL Mapquest to Microsoft Virtual Earth and Yahoo! Maps, there are over 50 mapping-related APIs.
So in keeping with this week’s mapping theme, if you look at APIs sorted by type on ProgrammableWeb you can see there are now 44 APIs in the mapping category. That’s a lot of mapping-related APIs and constitutes nearly 10% of all the APIs listed at ProgrammableWeb. They may not all be what you expect. [...]