On Tuesday, social media giant Twitter announced that it is buying Data as a Service (DaaS) provider Gnip for an undisclosed amount. Gnip, which is one of several companies that sell access to the firehose of the content posted on Twitter, was founded in 2008 and today offers data from a number of popular user-generated services in addition to Twitter.
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.
You follow me, I follow you. If you want to do that on Twitter from now on, you’ll have to do it manually because among recent updates to its developer guidelines, the microblogger put an axe to auto follow. In other news, Twitter loosened up its display requirements.
Keek, social video network, recently announced the release of the Keek API. Alongside the API launch, Keek established a developer portal that includes tools and resources to assist developers in integrating Keek with third party applications. The Keek API grants developers access to public keeks (i.e. 36 second video updates), search, user profiles, klusters, and more.
Users of the Buffer app and Buffer API can now schedule status updates to LinkedIn, in addition to Twitter and Facebook, from a single publishing interface. Buffer, the web-based service that allows its users to write tweets and status updates ahead of time and then schedule their posts throughout the day, has extended its service to include the professional networking platform LinkedIn.
I’vRead is a service for keeping track of what books you’ve read. Seems simple, but it can be rather useful for those of us obsessed with reading like myself. Its web site offers the service for free, and using it is already pretty simple. There isn’t even another account to register for. All a user needs to do is add a specific tag, @ivread, to a Twitter post mentioning the book. It allows for some basic searches of the data on their website, but the I’vRead API is where the service really shines.
Gas costs sure have risen lately, at least in the US. With many drivers are seeing prices well over $4 per gallon of gasoline, the time has come to do something about it. The FuelFrog website, as well as its iOS app or Twitter, can help with this. It helps you keep track of how far you’ve gone, and how much gas you’ve used, as well as trends for gas prices in your area. Of course, there’s also the FuelFrog API which, despite some security concerns, lets you integrate that data into just about anything.
Evan Jacobs is one of the developers doing some really interesting things with the Twitter API. Instead of using Twitter as a means of broadcasting information, Jacobs’ apps are actually gathering information from Twitter to turn it into something more useful.
Every single public message on Google Buzz, the content-sharing platform from the search giant, is now available to any developer. A similar, if much fatter, pipe is available from Twitter, but only for large partners paying big bucks. Accessing the “firehose” is about the same any other API, which makes it an easy way to get a lot of content quickly.
Anyone used to be able to send a postcard to a U.S. service member by addressing it to “Any Service Member.” Now a name is required to send a physical letter. That’s where the Gratefulapp mashup comes in. It broadcasts your message via Twitter to troops–or anyone else who checks out its rotating front page.