Exversion is hoping the need to access wide-ranging open datasets has matured enough to create a viable business as an open data marketplace. Their new Exversion API provides developers with a RESTful interface to search and access the open datasets stored on the Exversion data platform. At present, the API returns queries in JSON or XML format, with full XML support to be provided in the near future.
Our API directory now includes 39 answers APIs. The newest is the SlimSurveys API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Yahoo Answers API. We list 28 Yahoo Answers mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of answers APIs.
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.
How much of the content posted to Pinterest is from retail or e-commerce websites? How much money can they make off these links? These are hot questions right now. I’ll get to them, but first let’s back up. Recently journalists have had a field day in thinking they found some new, hidden secret within Pinterest because the pinterest.com website utilized SkimLinks service to monetize the user generated content (Pins). Well, Pinterest has been using SkimLinks since around the time they initially launched. I should also point out many other sites also use SkimLinks and don’t formally disclose it, as it can cause confusion to those uneducated in the affiliate space.
This week we had 71 new APIs added to our API directory including a fantasy sports platform, restaurant menu and local business storefront API, web video dashboard, photo editing service, embedded search service and an application integration platform. We also covered a social media management tool adding its own API. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
This past week 10 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 23 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include BookMooch, EEA Discomap, Fitbit, Google Fusion Tables, Hunch, InfoChimps Twitter, ISBN db and LibraryThing. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, InfoChimps Twitter and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (4 APIs, 7 mashups), Reference (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Other (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
This past week 15 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 38 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Context.IO, Deal Magic, Facebook Real-time Updates, Google Font, Google Gmail OAuth, High Gear Media, Highrise, Hunch, Imgur, Netvibes, Simply Hired Jobs, Superfeedr, Travel Booking Engine, Travelport, TravEnjoy, Twick.it, Twitter Streaming and Yipit. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twitter and Twitter Streaming. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (8 APIs, 11 mashups), News (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Shopping (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
While Google leads the way in web search and Yahoo leads the way in answers, many upstart services are attempting to help you make decisions by giving you smarter answers to your questions. Microsoft has billed its new search offering Bing as both a “decision engine” and an “answer engine.” Now there’s Hunch, a new start-up founded by Flickr’s Caterina Fake, which also aims to be a decision engine, but using a very different model. By first asking the user questions ranging from food preferences to pet peeves, Hunch tries to provide answers to questions that best match the user’s interests based on crowdsourced data collected from other users.
This week we had new web services added to our API directory ranging from small startups to the big names in web APIs. One of the more notable new ones comes from Amazon with their CloudWatch API for insight and monitoring of your EC2 instances. Then we have the API for Hunch, the much talked about new decision engine-type service from Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake. In addition, 4 more of the newest APIs from last week including ones for collaborative spam control, the ability to send traditional postal mail via a web service, on-demand IT management, and an API from Ericsson that allows you to push content up to mobile phones. Below is more detail on these 6 new APIs: