Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp was obviously a boon for WhatsApp’s founders, employees and investors, but it also proved to be a good thing for several of WhatsApp’s biggest competitors.
Developers love APIs for many different reasons. They might browse the ProgrammableWeb directory to be inspired and get ideas for a project. They might be delighted to tie together two disparate sources with their code. One of the biggest reasons developers should love APIs is that APIs save them time — time they can spend elsewhere. And yet, even the smartest developer can be caught answering the question “Can we build it?” with an enthusiastic “Yes we can.”
This year has seen an increasing number of creative agencies incorporating APIs into the way they work. Sure, PR and digital creatives are using APIs in their monitoring and analytics to measure reach and impact of their efforts, but increasingly, they are using APIs to funnel realtime data into the very fabric of their campaigns and to ramp up audience engagement around a brand’s story. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Arvid Dyfverman from the award-winning Swedish PR agency, Deportivo, about how APIs are at the very center of their creative campaigns.
While developers have traditionally had a love-hate relationship with Facebook over the years, a new survey suggest that at least for the moment, developers want to be friends with Facebook more than ever.
Facebook just announced its acquisition of SportStream. Although SportStream identifies itself as a “group of die-hard sports fans,” the story underneath the acquisition truly represents an API story. Over the past few months, Facebook has been building its developer toolkit with an armory of new APIs and media partners have begun to flock to its new capabilities. The platform underlying SportStream, SportsBase, and its associated API will give Facebook greater visibility into sports-based conversations across the social media ecosystem.
Appy Pie, cloud based mobile apps builder, continues to add to its list of supported APIs. Its latest additions include some of the most prevalent names in image sharing: Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Picassa and Instagram. The image newcomers to the Appy Pie portfolio allow developers to share images in realtime with users.
As companies, organizations and professionals become more and more interconnected via social networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, a new trend is beginning to emerge—social network data visualization. So let’s make a data visualization of our own.
There are over 1,000 social APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory. The big names in that list, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Twitter, are also amongst the most popular public APIs overall. Since other API providers look to these leaders for examples in engaging with developers, I thought it would be useful to see how each uses a common communications medium. That’s right, how do the social APIs use social media themselves?
A new Facebook Keyword Insights API has been made available to a select range of media partners in the United States, allowing registered developers to create finer-grain, real-time data analysis of popular reactions to the latest news, sport and pop culture stories.
Back in April, Facebook unveiled a new SDK for iOS with a grab bag full of important new features. Now several of those goodies are available for droid developers in a major update to the Android SDK.