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.
Our API directory now includes 453 search APIs. The newest is the Automatton Instant Answers API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the eBay API. We list 220 eBay mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of search APIs.
Back in May I wrote about the race for either unified APIs or API standards to bridge the growing number of APIs in specific industries or areas. Unified APIs are created by a third party provider to bridge multiple APIs, while API standards would potentially create an industry-wide standard of how APIs should operate.
Uberblic is another instance of what may become a trend in the world with thousands of APIs: the Meta-API. The Uberblic Doppleganger API is currently in beta, but it is quite ambitious in that it looks to position itself as a API cross-reference or mutli-plexer. Submit an ID from one API to the Doppleganger, get 4-5 IDs for matching content from other APIs.
As a consumer of APIs, one thing you encounter every day are API rate limits. Just about every API has limits on the number of calls you can make against their API. As developers, we accept the limits because in many cases we are getting the API for free. And in some cases, even the rates aren’t enough for a provider to get what it needs, as when Google put the kibosh on Translate. Are limits simply a sign that a provider needs to find a strategy that scales?
Last April we wrote about How Twitter’s 1 API Gave Birth to 43 New APIs. One year later, there are now 86 Twitter-derived APIs in our directory. The growth of Twitter-based APIs outpaced Twitter mashups, an area we also saw a lot of growth. There are now nearly 600 Twitter mashups. It wasn’t even a year ago that we marked the 400 Twitter mashup milestone.
This past week 12 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 37 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include 43Things, Cheezburger, Cirip, GitHub, Google Gears, Klout, Netvibes, Plancast, Qwerly, SMSMyBus, Social Archive, TypePad and Vodpod. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Google Maps and Spotify Metadata. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (7 APIs, 11 mashups), Other (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Blogging (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Data marketplace Infochimps is enabling devs to build more interesting Twitter-powered applications. Recently, the three new apps below were built in a weekend. But the speed to produce Twitter apps isn’t the only thing that’s fast. So is the Infochimps Twitter API, according to one developer.
Kynetx has released an uber-extension for major browsers that lets developers build add-ons to websites using the Kynetx API. As part of its move to a central extension, Kynetx launched a marketplace to list and discover apps built on top of its platform.