APIs enable incredible customization. No longer are customers locked into a specific interface or feature set: they can modify and augment core functionality as they see fit. It is incredibly liberating, but just deploying any old API isn’t enough. You need to really understand how people use your API. Luckily, you can group most API usage into one of two buckets: reading and writing.
Of the many APIs we published this week, eleven were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those eleven, which included the OneID API. OneID aims to end the problem that many people have with too many usernames and passwords. It does so by combing a users security keys into one big, encrypted “blob.” Apparently this information is more secure than normal user authentication practices and is callable via the OneID API. Once a users information is in the blob, OneID authenticates a user when they are trying to log into a site by confirming three different digital signatures on different devices. To learn more about OneID functionality, visit the OneID site as well as the OneID API blog post.
Fourteen year-old SurveyMonkey is catching up with a newly-launched SurveyMonkey API to access user surveys and the data within them. It appears the time the company waited to expose its API was well spent. The initial offering includes OAuth and full survey response data.
GoPollGo is all about creating polls, from running them during presidential debates to coworkers polling each other on where to go for lunch. It has two APIs. One is a public read-only API free to anyone. The other is private, in beta that allows third parties to create polls. Clients such as ESPN, Netflix, Hotels.com, Robert Scoble, AppleInsider and The Weather Channel, use GoPollGo to track opinions on their brands and businesses.
Of the many APIs we publishes this week, eleven were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll toss those eleven into the spotlight, which include the Data Science Toolkit API. The API is a collection of open data sets and open-source tools for data science. These tools consists of Geodict, Text to Places, File to Text, Street Address Coordinates, and 6 more that can be found on their website. To learn more about the Data Science Toolkit API visit the Data Science site as well as the Data Science Toolkit API blog post.
TrueSample, SurveyMonkey’s validation technology, released the TrueSample API that allows developers to qualify survey responders to achieve effective results. The technology driving TrueSample ensures that people are who they claim to be and only take a survey once, all while eliminating those who choose random answers and unqualified responders. The TrueSample API provides pre and post survey data as well as real-time feedback to provide industry leading insight into surveys of all types.
Popular project management platform Basecamp has launched a revamped version of its service, but not a corresponding new Basecamp API. A new service wants to do for the Twilio SMS API what Heroku did for Amazon EC2. Plus: Crunchbase stats mashup, TV’s slow revolution and 10 new APIs.
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.
The defacto standard for online surveys, SurveyMonkey, just added phone polling to its services. What’s remarkable about the addition is that it came via an acquisition. The company now owns Precision Polling, a site for creating and executing polls over the phone.