When you’ve launched over 100 APIs like Google has, some are bound to go away. The spring cleaning, as Google often describes the closures, have become commonplace since 2011. The Google Translate API is the only one to be announced and then turned into a paid service. Overall, of Google’s 111 APIs, it has buried services for nearly 30% of them. Here it is, the complete list of Google APIs that are no more.
Our API directory now includes 53 microblogging APIs. The newest is the Sohu Microblogging API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Twitter API. We list 708 Twitter mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of microblogging APIs.
In terms of the technical details, REST and XML [...]
Our API directory now includes 307 mobile APIs. The newest is the Mobilepax API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the foursquare API. We list 81 foursquare mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of mobile APIs.
Google has a lot of APIs, more than any other company we track. Perhaps as part of adding many APIs, the search giant also has to remove them from time to time. Recently the company has become more liberal in its platform pruning, with at least three separate announcements this year. Most recently Google dropped three more APIs, including the Google Buzz API.
This week Google announced that it will discontinue development on some of its services, and in some instances, discontinue the services all together. According to the Google Code Blog, Jaiku, Dodgeball, and Mashup Editor will be affected by this decision; in addition, Google Video will no longer support uploads and Google Notebook will cease to accept new signups. The blogosphere has been abuzz with the news, and there are mixed reactions to the decision, although it seems like the general consensus is that Google trimmed its efforts on services that had either stalled, were redundant, or had failed to capture sufficient market share to make them worthwhile web properties. ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch, Search Engine Land, Mashable, and CNET all have additional information on Google’s news.
Along with the rapid growth of video APIs, the marketplace of photo-related APIs continues to expand rapidly. Since we looked at 36 Photo APIs earlier this year, we’ve added nearly a dozen new ones, and there are now 47 APIs tagged “photo” in our web service directory.
As reported at TechCrunch, the popular Twitter client twhirl created by German developer Marco Kaiser has been acquired by video chat service Seesmic.
Out of the over 500 APIs listed at ProgrammableWeb, how many are offered by companies based in Europe? With MashupCamp Dublin in a couple weeks, this seems like a good question. In taking a look at the directory there are at least 28 European APIs (that is, companies headquartered or founded in Europe, even though [...]
A piece of the mashup puzzle that could lead to more interesting and useful applications has taken a step forward this week: the final draft of the OAuth specification is now available. What is it and why does it matter? Since there are already some very good explanations out there, here are the essentials drawn [...]
Since our last best-of roundup there’s been a lot of new mashups listed here at PW. Good variety of APIs being used to develop some creative and useful applications:
Mosaickr: Lets you create mosaics of photos from Flickr. Each mosaic is one large image composed of small tile images.
MyToGo for Skype: Allows any phone to call [...]