Microsoft’s latest version of its search API (our Live Search API Profile), which was released last November as a public beta, seems to be gaining quite a bit of momentum. According to a recent post on the Live Search Blog, the API is serving more than 3 billion queries per month, more than 5,000 applications to use the API, and queries from third party sites account for 80% of the API’s query volume.
In Chicago today eBay will kick-off of their annual eBay Developer’s Conference by announcing Project Echo, a way for outside developers to integrate their apps “directly onto the world’s largest ecommerce site”.
Amazon made headlines back in January when they announced that their Amazon Web Services APIs like S3 and EC2 consumed more bandwidth than their own global web sites. Now there’s a chart to show more.
As announced on the Flickr Blog, Flickr has launched a new website for developers: Flickr Code. And besides announcing the new site they’ve both a) given interesting details on just how much API traffic they do each day (see below), and b) they announced they’re open sourcing Flickr Uploadr, the cross-platform (Windows and OS X) desktop tool for uploading photos to Flickr.
The most popular video API is about to become more popular. As just announced by Googe’s Jim Patterson on the YouTube blog, YouTube Everywhere, the YouTube API has just been upgraded with some very powerful new features.
Since Bebo brought its Facebook Platform-compatible API out of closed beta a few weeks ago, as we reported in this post, the initial growth shows a steep curve from about 50 launch partner applications available before Jan 12th to 714 on Jan 26th.
Do you like charts, statistics and graphs? Apparently lots of developers do given how quickly folks have taken to creating charting apps following last month’s release of the Google Chart API.
In Tim O’Reilly’s keynote presentation yesterday at Graphing Social Patterns he highlighted some interesting metrics about Facebook applicatoins drawn from their just released report The Facebook Application Platform. You can get a good synopsis of this from Tim’s blog post and this chart showing the distribution of active users among the top 200 developers: