This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 15 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include EveryTrail, NOAA Climate Data Online and Yipit. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, NOAA Climate Data Online and TripIt. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Travel (3 APIs, 3 mashups), Social (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Mapping (2 APIs, 5 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 21 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Google Street View Image, Google URL Shortener, PagerDuty, Producteev, UserVoice and Yipit. The most often used APIs this week are Google Geocoding, Google Maps and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (5 APIs, 7 mashups), Photos (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and Shopping (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Our API directory now includes 338 shopping APIs. The newest is the Cupónica. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Amazon eCommerce. We list 413 Amazon eCommerce mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of shopping APIs.
Our API directory now includes 45 coupons APIs. The newest is the Wishpot Coupon API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Groupon API. We list 10 Groupon mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of coupons APIs.
Startups need to build quickly and iterate quicker. That means not re-inventing the wheel — whenever possible. Just 5 years ago, people were asking why would you use an API? This has quickly turned to why wouldn’t you! Since March 2007 there are 14 times as many APIs listed on the ProgrammableWeb site. And the growth rate is accelerating. API listings on ProgrammableWeb have exploded this year so far, doubling the same period last year, and about four times the same period in 2010 (see chart below).
I generally cover shopping related APIs, but recently hackathon events have piqued my interest. This past weekend I attended a two-day hackathon called “Reinventing Local”. This event was hosted at General Assembly, a local co-working space for startups in NYC, and well-known in the entrepreneur community. The theme was geared toward local businesses and was presented by American Express OPEN Forum, which I feel necessary to mention now has an API of their own allowing instant access to small business content. The event was sponsored by Mashery (also a ProgrammableWeb sponsor), ConstantContact and Meetup.
The daily deal space is hot, and has been for some time now. In the past year 23 million Americans have purchased a daily deal or group coupon according to a survey conducted for the American Institute of CPAs by Harris Interactive (source). Not to mention Freelance websites, such as Freelancer and Elance, have been flooded with thousands of “Groupon clone”, “daily deal site” and related job postings – a general sign that many more businesses are still trying to get in.
E-Commerce covers a broad range of inter-connected processes which eventually leads to a transaction between two or more parties. Recent enhancements in technology, specifically social interactions on the Web, have increased the complexity in analyzing these processes and describing E-Commerce as a whole. And, to be honest, there is a lot of confusion within the terminology of “E-Commerce” itself. The exact definition of E-Commerce varies depending on your source, and you might hear words like e-business, e-retailing, and online shopping all used interchangeably. Mind you, they all have different meanings.
This past week 15 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 38 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Context.IO, Deal Magic, Facebook Real-time Updates, Google Font, Google Gmail OAuth, High Gear Media, Highrise, Hunch, Imgur, Netvibes, Simply Hired Jobs, Superfeedr, Travel Booking Engine, Travelport, TravEnjoy, Twick.it, Twitter Streaming and Yipit. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twitter and Twitter Streaming. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (8 APIs, 11 mashups), News (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Shopping (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Deal and Coupon sites have garnered a lot of attention this year. Groupon, the most popular of them, has been in the news plenty due to rumors about Google showing an interest for them. Is there any chance for you as a developer to get access to huge dataset of deals and coupons, possibly containing Groupon deals to and offer it to users of your application? 8coupons.com definitely thinks so and it has launched the 8coupons API for exactly that purpose.