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.
The holiday shopping season is upon us, and that means finding gifts, and at this point… quick! For consumers, it translates into searching and researching, and lots of it in a relatively small amount of time. It also means shoppers are looking for innovative websites or applications to aid them in finding gifts, low prices, and sweet deals — all while making the shopping experience more enjoyable.
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 33 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Gravatar, Kewego Video, LangId, LyrDB, PriceGrabber, PriceRunner, Social Mention and UPC Database. The most often used APIs this week are Amazon eCommerce, iTunes and iTunes Connect and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Shopping (9 APIs, 10 mashups), Music (6 APIs, 6 mashups) and Internet (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
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.
It’s time to start shopping around for another API to search for deals, prices and reviews. That it, if you use the Yahoo Shopping API (our Yahoo Shopping API profile). On March 11 Yahoo’s service will be discontinued, replaced by a “strategic partnership” that will leave developers sniffing for deals elsewhere.
Though a few shopping APIs are some of the earliest examples we have, their popularity has continued to grow for a simple reason: there’s an obvious revenue model tied to them. When developers use one of the 82 Shopping APIs in our directory, that can mean money in the pocket of the API provider. And, by virtue of various affiliate and revenue-sharing programs tied to many of these APIs, it can also mean money in the pocket of the developer.
This past week 22 new mashups were add to our mashup directory and 35 different APIs were used to build them. Some interesting or less frequently used APIs that were mashed-up this week include lyrics APIs like Lyricsfly and LyricWiki; lots of e-commerce APIs like Oodle, PriceGrabber, CNET, Yahoo Shopping, Shopping.com, and Shopzilla; messaging and telephony APIs like Skype and Twilio; as well as plenty of Google APIs including Google Translate. The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
33 different APIs were used to build this week’s new mashups on ProgrammableWeb. For the third week in a row, the two most used APIs where the Twitter API and the Google Maps API. Some mashups used APIs that were newer or less frequently seen, including APIs from Bible Gateway, Blogama, Panoramio, and the New York Times Movie Reviews. One prominent theme was music, with mashups that used APIs from Blip.fm, Last.fm, LyricWiki, and MTV. The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups: