Our API directory now includes 30 community APIs. The newest is the Crypto::Stocks API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Seesmic API. We list 3 Seesmic mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of community APIs.
Our API directory now includes 270 video APIs. The newest is the WorldStream TV API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the YouTube API. We list 645 YouTube mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of video APIs.
Popular social check-in service Foursquare is going through some changes, and the most important of those is that the old v1 API is going dead, as we’ve known since March. Older apps, especially abandoned ones, will stop working then, as will any newer app that hasn’t yet upgraded to the new API.
With an announcement of new permissions levels, Twitter is requiring apps that need access to direct messages to re-authorize their users. For mobile apps, this could mean rewriting to use OAuth for the first time. When the developer community balked at a shorter timeline, Twitter extended the deadline to June 14 June 30. Though most developers will not need to make changes to their applications, those that do will have to do so in only 27 43 days.
Why, you may ask, would Zappos–which you probably know as that online shoe store with the great return policy–need an API, much less a developer platform? Well, Zappos doesn’t just sell shoes these days; they also carry men’s and women’s clothing, handbags, housewares, and other related products. And if there’s one thing online shoppers love, it’s new ways to shop.
Twitter has gone OAuth-only and it is judgement day for the scores of Twitter apps still using basic authentication. Developers have had a few months to switch across to the new OAuth protocol (and the deadline was extended again to accommodate the World Cup), but it seems like quite a few never made the switch, or still have users running older versions of their software. A quick Twitter search reveals some frustration.
Last week our mashups directory passed a new milestone, number 5000. Maps are still by far the number one type of mashup, but by slightly less than the snapshots of our previous milestones, as the directory has grown to include many types of mashups. Along the way, we’ve seen some prolific developers and there have been big wins for a number of mashups.
Sure, YouTube gets all the press. And YouTube gets most of the mashups. But when it comes to video APIs, there’s a lot more than just YouTube. In fact, there are 100 video APIs, from live content Ustream to micro-vlogging 12 seconds.
The latest release of desktop Twitter app TweetDeck launched with a ton of new features, which includes showing geolocated tweets. If a tweet includes the location meta-data, TweetDeck shows a tiny marker icon. Click the icon and you get a map of the location.
This past week 26 new mashups were add to our mashup directory and 31 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Alexa Site Thumbnail, Moneybookers, Seesmic, and Web API for Biology. The most often used APIs this week are FriendFeed, Google Maps, Twitter. And the most frequently used types of APIs were Internet (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Social (3 APIs, 8 mashups), and Payment (2 APIs, 3 mashups).