40 Identity APIs: Animetrics, Instantor and Qwerly

Matthew Scott, January 2nd, 2014

Google OpenIDOur API directory now includes 40 identity APIs. The newest is the Instantor API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Google OpenID API. We list 10 Google OpenID mashups.

945 Social APIs: Twitter, Facebook and Delicious

Wendell Santos, January 16th, 2013

TwitterOur 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.

453 Search APIs: eBay, Google Ajax Search and Foursquare

Wendell Santos, November 27th, 2012

eBayOur 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.

A Unified API for MySQL in the Clouds

Kin Lane, November 30th, 2011

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 Wants to Be the One API to Link Them All

Garrett Wilkin, September 1st, 2011

uberblic Doppelganger 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.

Should We Be Limiting Developers’ API Usage?

Kin Lane, June 1st, 2011

Yellow CanadaAs 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?

Twitter’s Other Ecosystem: Twitter-derived APIs Double in One Year

Adam DuVander, May 26th, 2011

TwitterLast 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.

37 APIs Used in 7 Days: Facebook, Google Maps, TypePad and Freebase

Adam DuVander, May 8th, 2011

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:

1 Weekend, 3 Great Twitter Applications Built on Infochimps

Alex Stone, April 18th, 2011

InfoChimps TwitterData 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.

Browser Apps May Finally Work: “Greasemonkey in the Cloud”

Adam DuVander, March 23rd, 2011

KynetxKynetx 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.

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