Our API directory now includes 338 shopping APIs. The newest is the Cupónica. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Amazon eCommerce. We list 413 Amazon eCommerce mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of shopping APIs.
Our API directory now includes 134 travel APIs. The newest is the TakeABreak API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Kayak API. We list 12 Kayak mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of travel APIs.
This past week 19 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 Amazonca, Google Affiliate Network, Google Closure Compiler, Hotwire Travel-Ticker Deals, Instagram Real-time, Social Archive, World Weather Online and Yahoo PlaceFinder. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (6 APIs, 11 mashups), Social (5 APIs, 15 mashups) and Shopping (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
There is no doubt that there is a lot of money to be made in travel. Heck, travel (globally) accounts for over 12% of the World’s GDP. That is some serious coin. You have an incredible idea for a web application that is going to make travellers love you and make you rich at the same time. The question is… who should I connect with and why? Here is a quick run down on the pros and cons of connecting with the likely, and not so likely, hotel distribution partners.
If there is a segment that is ripe for integration it is travel. APIs in the travel segment have been around for a very long time. In fact, some of the earliest APIs are based on Electronic Data Interchange, which dates back to the 1960s. Granted many of these connections are highly complex enterprise only integrations, it is a history that should bode well for modern day integrations, should it not? Despite a long history of interconnectedness, much of the travel space still remains behind closed doors. The major global distribution systems, represented by Sabre, Travelport, and Amadeus all offer powerful APIs of their own, but their commercial requirements tend to be out of the league of most application developers.
In spite of the limitations the travel industry has effectively self imposed, there still exists many opportunities to monetize sites using travel APIs. There are several types of APIs available in the travel space. Most are transactional and some are content driven. Let’s take a look a broad categorization of available travel APIs.
This week we had 11 new APIs added to our API directory including a user management service for Amazon Web Services, voice-to-text service, real-time activity stream service and location sharing service. Below is more detail on each of these new APIs.
This week we had more APIs added to our API directory than any week ever. Seven of these new APIs include an online dictionary API, an API for text and excel conversion tool, an MD5 online file hash API, an aviation and geo data API, a risk modeling API, and a hotel shopping API and a rental car shopping API. Below is more detail on each of these new APIs.