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 35 editing APIs. The newest is the Touchcast API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Aviary Suite API. We list 2 Aviary Suite mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of editing APIs.
This week we had 72 new APIs added to our API directory including a mobile apps analytics service, book publisher, corporate gift cards on demand, Online photo editing service, web based mobile messaging and mobile payments service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Our API directory now includes 203 photo APIs. The newest is the Getty Images Connect API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Flickr API. We list 600 Flickr mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of photo APIs.
Our API directory has hit another major milestone. We now list 5,000 APIs, just a short four months since passing 4,000. No longer is the web simply about links connecting one site to another. Instead, developers are using tools to connect data and functionality from one site to another site. It’s an incredible transformation that has happened over a very short period of time. APIs are at the heart of Google’s strategy and they led directly to the growth enjoyed by Twitter and Facebook.
On Friday Google closed two APIs, including the online photo editor, Picnik. To fill the void, Aviary has launched a new photo app using its Aviary Suite API on Facebook meant to be a Picnik replacement. Also, a San Francisco government organization creates what may be the first API for ethics. That and 11 new APIs rounds out today in APIs.
Google continues to clean its API house, knocking another couple APIs into the dustbin. Google Social Graph API was launched in 2008 with high hopes of an open social standard. The Picnik API is a photo editing service that Google acquired and incorporated into Picasa and most recently, Google Plus.
Discussion of Google’s recent acquisition of Jambool has largely centered around its virtual currency platform, Social Gold. The power behind that platform comes in the form of the Social Gold API. Again, Google has bought a company whose API is central to its success.
This past week 12 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 27 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Expono, Garmin MotionBased, HotUKDeals, iTunes and iTunes Connect and Picnik. 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, 9 mashups), Photos (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Internet (3 APIs, 4 mashups).