In a rare API conference event appearance, Twitter graced the stage at last week’s APIDays Paris. The social giant shared some insight into current API usage among third-party developers and gave some read-between-the-lines signs of how it intends to work with API partners in future.
At the API Craft un-conference this week in Detroit, some of the best minds in the API business gathered to talk over the problems that plague us most. It was a unique event in that the agenda was set and run by the attendees in true meet-up fashion. Quakers will recognize the format – for the conference kick-off, the group sits in silence until someone is moved to suggest a session. You suggest it, you run it and anyone who attends your session also participates in it. The sessions are true whiteboard brainstorming activities, with the outcomes posted into Github for future reading.
SOA Software launches API management for DataPower. Travelguru’s TGConnect API for Hoteliers launched. Plus: Nevatech’s Sentinet 3.3 SOA/API management platform, the new age of digital letterpress, and 13 new APIs.
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.
Snip.it lets you collect what you see on the web, be it an article, video, or image, then categorize it, add your own comments, and share it. The Snip.it API, currently in version 2, is RESTful with the response in JSON. Snip.it itself features a backbone.js-powered page load structure to speed things along.
Storify, the hybrid social platform/media curation tool, is looking to move beyond its pool of media clients. The Electronic Freedom Frontier makes the case for why APIs should not be copyrighted. Plus: the Facebook team shows you where to get face time with them, commerce APIs come under attack, and 6 new APIs.
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.
SXSW was the source of a flood of real-time information on the web. Information flowed from attendees using social media tools to share what was being discussed, their thoughts and their experiences. This information was amplified further by the information be re-shared (retweeted on Twitter) and by other opinions being expressed about all things SXSW. But how is it that you ensure you don’t miss an important piece of information from within your social media connections or even outside of your normal social media circles? From an earlier post on Cadmus, an algorithmic Twitter feed service, you may be aware of the idea of curation – filtering content to ensure that you don’t miss the most relevant information. But who performs this curation and what roles do technology have in the process?
In terms of visibility, the SXSW Accelerator is among the most high profile awards that a startup can earn. Earlier this month in Austin, 32 companies presented at the awards in a variety of categories ranging from Entertainment, Social Media, Innovative Web Technologies to News. Our earlier coverage indicated how APIs were central to most of the offerings. One of those APIs took top prize in the news category.
Today thirty two startups will take the stage at SXSW Accelerator to battle to be named the best. Last year’s overall winner became the largest mashup acquisition ever when it was gobbled up by Apple a month later. Who will be the winner this year? Chances look good that it will have an API. Below are the finalists that are in our directory.