This past week the new mashups added to our mashup directory used 15 different APIs. The most often used APIs this week are Flickr, Twilio, and Twitter. And the most frequently used types of APIs were Social (4 APIs, 6 mashups), Music (3 APIs, 4 mashups), and Bookmarks (1 API, 1 mashup).
Normally we’d give a brand new site a break for not immediately having an API. When it comes to the rabidly popular FourSquare, which launched in March, developers have been clamoring to build on top of the service. So, today’s launch of the FourSquare API (our FourSquare API profile) is bound to be met with extreme enthusiasm.
With dozens of new mashups added each week that in turn use dozens of different APIs, it can be hard to choose which gets chosen as Mashup of the Day here on PW (see this weekend’s API roundup and mashup roundup for examples). One trend we’re seeing is a decrease in mapping mashups and an increase in the sheer diversity of subjects, APIs and other types of apps developed. Here’s a sampling of three of the more interesting new mashups:
For the second week in a row, over 30 different APIs were used to build new apps in our mashup directory. Those 20 mashups used 31 different APIs. And once again not all of those APIs are the usual suspects. Less common ones used include Formula 1 Racing data API Ergast, the new Etsy API and Twilio API, the ecommerce pay-per-action LinkShare API, the Sunlight Labs API, and short URL expander LongURL. And in what’s clearly the new number one, the Twitter API was used in 4 of this week’s mashups. The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
After much anticipation since its private beta release in March, Yahoo! has made Fire Eagle publicly available. Fire Eagle is an open geo-location platform that allows users to broadcast their geographic location to the Web while at the same time giving the the ability to easily control how and on which sites location data is shared (our Fire Eagle API profile).
At ProgrammableWeb we have been monitoring the emergence of mashups and APIs since 2005, and while there has always been steady growth, this year has seen an accelerating acceptance of APIs as a business strategy. The most recent evidence is that over 60 API entries have been added to our database in the last 30 days.