Microsoft Partners with Social Networks on Data Portability

John Musser, March 27th, 2008

This week Microsoft announced a partnership with five of largest social networks to allow users to export their contacts from Windows Live directly into those services.

2 New APIs Compete on Social Games

John Musser, February 15th, 2008

Game application providers Social Gaming Network (SGN) and Zynga have just launched a platform for developers looking to create games that run on the major social networks like Facebook.

Graphing Bebo Application Growth

John Musser, February 1st, 2008

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.

Bebo API: Open for Business

John Musser, January 11th, 2008

Last month when the popular social network Bebo launched their API they made headlines by being the first major platform to be compatible with the Facebook Platform. They initially launched with 40 select partners who had early access to the platform but at the time other developers had to wait for access. That changed yesterday [...]

API of the Year: Facebook Platform

John Musser, December 27th, 2007

The statistics are impressive – nearly 12,000 applications produced on the Facebook Platform since its launch on May 24th of this year and according to Adonomics those applications were used over 36 million times in the last 24 hours.
It’s success prompted Google to push out its OpenSocial platform, expected to be widely deployed in 2008, [...]

OpenSocial Shindig Released

John Musser, December 19th, 2007

If you are interested in hosting OpenSocial compatible widgets in your web site you’ll probably want to keep an eye on the open source project Shindig. What is it? As Google product manager Dan Peterson describes in Let’s get this shindig started: “Shindig is a new project in the Apache Software Foundation’s incubator (as per [...]

Bebo API Launches with Facebook Support

John Musser, December 13th, 2007

The latest big social platform news comes from Bebo, the third largest social network in the US with 40 million users, who yesterday officially announced their Open Application Platform. The most notable part of the launch is that Bebo will be supporting both Facebook plus OpenSocial as “standards” and that the Facebook team has been [...]

MySpace Joins Google on OpenSocial

John Musser, November 2nd, 2007

Yesterday was another very busy news day on the subject of social network platforms. The big news was that MySpace and Bebo joined the swelling ranks of social networks supporting the Google-lead OpenSocial API initiative. This means that OpenSocial will provide access to over 200 million user accounts. Lots of coverage and discussion around this. [...]

New APIs: GPS, Hosting, People Search

John Musser, June 6th, 2007

Besides the new APIs from Google and new Yahoo APIs in the past week, there’s been some nicely diverse APIs added our listings. An API for management of on-demand hosting, a social people search API, and a web service API from the leading GPS device manufacturer.

SoftLayer API: On-demand hosting provider SoftLayer provides this innovative API [...]

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