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.
Nathan Kontny is out to revise how you write, especially when you work with others. His online word processing program, Draft boasts features you can’t find in any other wordprocessor–like a professional editing service, for example. We began this PW exclusive interview via email. But in what might be the first time ever, we decided to switch to using the very tool he was being interviewed about, and write the rest of it on Draft.
In February, Twitter debuted its Ads API as a way for partners to integrate Twitter advertising management into their products. Twitter took baby steps in launching the program, initially giving only a handful of partners access to the API. Six months later, however, the microblogger has announced six new partners: Kenshoo Social, Optimal, SocialCode, SocialFlow, Unified and Voxsup.
Many APIs eventually find their way to the ProgrammableWeb deadpool. They end up there for various reasons: no business model, replaced by a newer service or ceased being useful. The most popular of these dead APIs are predominantly from two big tech firms: Google and Yahoo. Search and mapping make up the bulk of the functionality behind these 12 popular–but no longer available–APIs.
According to estimates by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, in 2022 the average household with two teenage children will own roughly 50 Internet-connected devices, up from approximately ten today. Conservative estimates put the number of connected devices currently at approximately 12 billion, with the number due to grow to 50 billion by 2020, according to a separate Cisco study. Therefore, while the trend known as the Internet of things (IoT) isn’t a new idea, with each new Wifi-enabled thermostat and each new car dashboard touchscreen, it is steadily becoming a reality.
ProgrammableWeb now tracks over 100 Google APIs. The search giant has always been developer-focused. By mid-2006, way early in the API timeline, Google already had 10 APIs. We’ll look at where they are now and reflect on how amazing it is that eight of those 10 are still around. And there’s an irony to the two that are no longer available.
Of the many APIs we published this week, nine were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those nine, which included the Positionly API. Positionly is a web analytics platform designed to help website owners see where their site traffic is coming from. The Positionly API gives developers access to SEO tracking tools, productivity of methods, reports, updates and etc. To learn more about how the API can be integrated into sites and applications, visit the Positionly site as well as the Positionly API blog post.
Ebook Glue creates simple publishing tools that ease the process of readying content for electronic reading devices. Its flagship product, the Ebook Glue API, constitutes a straightforward tool that converts content to an ebook that its easily read on an ereader (iPad, Kindle, Nook, iPhone, Android device, etc.). As long as the content can be sent over HTTP, Ebook Glue can convert content to an ebook.
The API landscape has changed a lot since ProgrammableWeb was founded in 2005. While developers are still mashing together services for fun, APIs are also driving real business. Being a voice for this transformation is an exciting privilege. We’re thrilled to continue and expand this role in the community, now as part of MuleSoft.
Plagiarism is a hot topic. The (ex) German Education Minister did it. George Harrison (yes, that one) did it. Jonah Lehrer, formerly of The New Yorker, did it (and got paid $20,000 for confessing!). As Pablo Picasso put it, “Good artists copy, great artists steal,” but so do lots of other people.