How Mainstream Users Are Asking for APIs

Adam DuVander, December 16th, 2013

As the number of APIs grows, more people are becoming familiar with the term. I had a taxi driver who knew about APIs, although that was in tech-heavy San Francisco. Despite becoming more known, “API” is not a term most mainstream users will use. Yet many of these same people are already asking for APIs—they’re just not using the term. Here are three ways mainstream users are asking for APIs.


Most Popular APIs That Are No More

Adam DuVander, June 28th, 2013

Yahoo MapsMany APIs eventually find their way to the ProgrammableWeb deadpool. They end up there for various reasons: no business model, replaced by a newer service or ceased being useful. The most popular of these dead APIs are predominantly from two big tech firms: Google and Yahoo. Search and mapping make up the bulk of the functionality behind these 12 popular–but no longer available–APIs.


Today In APIs: Google Glass Mirror API, Twitter Ads API and 13 New APIs

Romin Irani, March 12th, 2013

Google demonstrates Glass Mirror API at SXSW. Partners demonstrate their usage of Twitter Ads API. Plus: Wowzer announces an API for Video Interviewing and 13 New 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.


53 APIs Used in 7 Days: Flickr, Twitter and Foursquare

Adam DuVander, August 28th, 2010

This past week 43 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 53 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include CyberSource Simple, FatSecret, Google Fusion Tables and Yahoo Contacts. The most often used APIs this week are Flickr, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (9 APIs, 33 mashups), Social (9 APIs, 22 mashups) and Internet (6 APIs, 6 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:


56 APIs Used in 7 Days: Amazon, Bing, Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Google, LinkedIn, NPR, Sunlight, Twitter, Yahoo, Yelp, and YouTube

John Musser, March 27th, 2010

This past week 17 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 56 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Blogmarks, Friendster, Gigablast, Posterous, Twinfluence, Twitter Grader, TypePad , ZoomIn and ZoomInfo. The most often used APIs this week are Box.net, Twitter and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (9 APIs, 15 mashups), Search (7 APIs, 11 mashups) and Video (7 APIs, 12 mashups). The following list shows which APIs were used by which mashups.


Technorati API Disappears: No Longer Representing the Technorati

Adam DuVander, March 4th, 2010

TechnoratiOnce the mouthpiece and aggregator of the blogosphere, Technorati lost its luster long ago. And now it’s lost its API, too. The developer page promises a new API but also makes one thing clear: the old one is gone.


40 APIs Used in 7 Days: Google, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yahoo, and WeatherBug

John Musser, February 6th, 2010

This past week 15 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 40 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include BooRah Restaurant Search, FlightStats, Google Wave, Livekick, Mobypicture and True Knowledge. The most often used APIs this week are Flickr, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Search (6 APIs, 8 mashups), Mapping (5 APIs, 13 mashups) and Photos (4 APIs, 7 mashups).


Top 10 YouTube Mashups of All Time

Adam DuVander, February 2nd, 2010

YouTubeWe list 423 YouTube mashups in our directory. Naturally, some are better than others. Below are our Top 10, as determined by popularity and editorial judgment.


32 APIs Used in 7 Days: YouTube to Flickr, Semantic Tweets to Government Tracking

John Musser, August 15th, 2009

This past week 19 new mashups were add to our mashup directory and 32 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include BibSonomy, Connotea, and ooVoo. The most often used APIs this week are Flickr, Google Maps, and YouTube. The categories of APIs with most usage last week include: Mapping (4 APIs, 11 mashups), Bookmarks (3 APIs, 3 mashups), and News (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:


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