For a couple of years at least, Buffer fans have been clamoring for the social media service to integrate with Google+. Why can’t we schedule posts to our Google+ Pages?, they asked. The answer was because Google had not released a Google+ write API yet.
It’s a natural part of the API lifecycle for some to no longer be available. According to the ProgrammableWeb directory, about 13% of those that were once alive are now considered “deadpooled.” Of the companies tracked in the directory, Google tops the list with 33 discontinued APIs. However, it also has the most APIs. Percentage-wise, a handful of phone carriers seem most apt to kill APIs.
Of all the companies behind APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory, Google has the most APIs. The company launched its first Google API way back in 2006. The Google Search API was a SOAP and XML-based service to access search results programmatically. How times have changed, yet many Google APIs still use XML — and a growing number have either launched with JSON support or adopted it later.
Google announced that it is inviting developers to try out the beta version of its Real Time Reporting API, a tool that allows you to programmatically make queries on your website data and use that information in whatever way you please.
Another API can be added to the list of “Google APIs That Are No More.” The Google Latitude service, including the Latitude API, will be shut down on August 9, 2013. Google Latitude is a geolocation sharing service that allows users to find friends and family on a map as well as share their current location with others they choose.
In a move signaling it is getting its desktop platform ready for primetime, Google added six new and improved APIs to its Chrome packaged apps, including iTunes and Bluetooth capabilities. The features were announced in a Chrome dev update on Monday.
When you’ve launched over 100 APIs like Google has, some are bound to go away. The spring cleaning, as Google often describes the closures, have become commonplace since 2011. The Google Translate API is the only one to be announced and then turned into a paid service. Overall, of Google’s 111 APIs, it has buried services for nearly 30% of them. Here it is, the complete list of Google APIs that are no more.
OOcharts makes it easy to grab Google Analytics with a work around that would normally exceed the limits for Analytics’ APIs. From the graphic below it’s a simple 3 step process to get you to “data bliss.” (Or, to misquote Joseph Campbell, follow your API and the data will open doors where there were only walls.) The OOcharts API returns both JSON and JSONP responses.
Google is having a very busy June; Google has released the CalDAV and CardDAV APIs to the public, launched the brand new Content Experiments API, launched the brand new Cloud SQL API, and has released a new version of App Engine (1.8.1.). Google continues the busy June trend, with the releases of AdSense Management API version 1.3 and DoubleClick for Publishers API version v201306.
Google Reader is about to die but, as Programmableweb reported back in March, there is still time to jump ship and be saved–through Feedly. Highly praised by David Pogue of the New York Times (“Feedly is what you needly) and others, Feedly helps you organize, read and share content.