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 125 places APIs. The newest is the Waytag API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Google Maps API. We list 2369 Google Maps mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of places APIs.
Twitter and Facebook are often lauded as shining examples of what a platform does for your business. And for good reason. They have very successful developer programs. But they are also extremely popular services on their own. A developer may not build where there is not the foundation of a loyal user base. But even that has exceptions.
Have you noticed the many tools to share your location? There’s FourSquare and Gowalla, both about a year old. Then there are old-timers like Brightkite. And now, there’s one that works with all three (and a couple more).
Normally we’d give a brand new site a break for not immediately having an API. When it comes to the rabidly popular FourSquare, which launched in March, developers have been clamoring to build on top of the service. So, today’s launch of the FourSquare API (our FourSquare API profile) is bound to be met with extreme enthusiasm.
It’s been less than a month since Mixer Labs released the first version of its read/write location API, formerly know as the TownMe GeoAPI. Now Mixer Labs has rebranded the TownMe GeoAPI as GeoAPI.com and released several new features as part of the rebranding.
Your next geo app is going to be easier to build. Instead of running your own database and collecting geographic data yourself, you can build on top of TownMe and its newly-launched read/write Geo API (tech details at our TownMe API profile).
This past week 20 new mashups were add to our mashup directory and 28 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include the Global Biodiversity Information Facility API, Glue API, Google Maps Data API, Shizzow API, Yahoo Placemaker API, and the Yahoo Search Marketing API. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Last.fm, and Twitter. And the top three categories of APIs used were: Social (4 APIs, 9 mashups), Mapping (4 APIs, 10 mashups), and Advertising (3 APIs, 3 mashups).
With dozens of new mashups added each week that in turn use dozens of different APIs, it can be hard to choose which gets chosen as Mashup of the Day here on PW (see this weekend’s API roundup and mashup roundup for examples). One trend we’re seeing is a decrease in mapping mashups and an increase in the sheer diversity of subjects, APIs and other types of apps developed. Here’s a sampling of three of the more interesting new mashups: