Word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool, and businesses (not to mention the consumers), can benefit greatly from helpful reviews. Popyoular is an editorial review-based recommendation and discovery platform. It’s aimed specifically at film, music, books and games. The idea is to connect a website’s good content with trusted reviews and opinions about that content, helping to keep users engaged and directing them to things they may otherwise have overlooked. Popyoular’s API makes it possible for developers to integrate this functionality into any other website.
Glympse, a service that allows GPS-enabled mobile phone users to temporarily share their location in real-time, has announced the availability of the Glympse platform allowing developers the ability to integrate real-time, temporary location sharing into third-party web and mobile applications. Glympse has also made available SDKs for iOS and Android as well as REST based APIs for use in websites and web based applications.
For music fans who enjoy listening to playlists on their laptops or desktops, Tomahawk is a music player with a few extra bells and whistles that may be of some interest. It’s an open-source, cross-platform music player, which means it enables a user to play music stored on their own hard drives as well as from a variety of other music sources like Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube and more. The Toma.hk API makes this functionality available to developers or users to add songs to websites.
In order to get a campaign or project off the ground quickly and efficiently, careful management of the creative and technical process is essential in order to avoid big mistakes and missed deadlines. And, of course, the very thing that holds it all together is clear communication. That’s where an app like Convo is really handy – it’s a cloud-based, interactive workspace for business, where teams can collaborate and have real-time conversations. Convo’s API makes it possible for this functionality to be integrated with other applications.
WhatsOnMyBookshelf is an online book trading application that makes it possible for users to exchange books using a simple point system. For avid readers who have rapidly growing collections of books they’ve already read, this is a clever little app to help them get their hands on new reads without having to spend any actual cash. WhatsOnMyBookshelf also provides the WhatsOnMyBookshelf API that provides access to this functionality.
BancBox, payment services provider, has announced a new service and correlating API: BancBox Crowd. BancBox Crowd consists of the first independent escrow service for debt, equity, and revenue share crowdfunding portals. The service provides an online portal that eliminates the legacy escrow process (e.g. paperwork, waiting, etc.).
For those who get their kicks out of a good old physical board game, BoardGameGeek is a fun application that may be of interest. It’s an online board gaming resource and community that is constantly updated in real-time by it’s growing list of users. Users from across the world can participate in reviews, ratings and live discussion forums, add images, find play-aids, access session reports and more. BoardGameGeek also provides the BoardGameGeek API which means this functionality can be easily accessed and integrated with other applications.
Hello Social, aimed at liberating social media data and enabling users to better engage their social media audience, just launched its company and an API to better incorporate its product offering into existing apps and workflows. Hello Social focuses on the term “engage”. Since social media has taken firm hold in the marketing space, Hello Social believes true engagement with social media audiences unlocks the true potential of social media marketing.
In a similar way that SoundCloud provides a creative and social outlet for aspiring and established musicians, so Wattpad provides an exciting tool that connects talented writers with a community of keen readers. It’s an application created for web and mobile, facilitating a world-wide community that shares and discovers stories in an online, social environment. Wattpad’s API opens up further possibilities, providing developers with access to this functionality and allowing them to integrate it with other applications or create new ones.
Kippt, designed to make information workflow and archiving effortless, has launched a new API alongside a developer site and app gallery. The new, publicly available API simply opens up the existing Kippt API that continues to power the Kippt web service. Instead of pushing Kippt as a standalone product, the Kippt team hopes that the Kippt API will encourage developers to develop apps based on the Kippt platform.