This week we had 100 new APIs added to our API directory including a geographic mapping features service, online store and e-commerce product search service, mobile games discovery and marketing service, micro-Apps for Android and iOS and phone conversation management app. In addition we covered an API that helps users stay safe, how to simplify visual communication with Lucidchart, and the Avocado couples app. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Why, yes, developers did react (and over-react) wildly to yesterday’s news from Twitter outlining its plans for “version 1.1″ of its Twitter API. A major company is also making it easier for anyone to create a great API by turning its lifecycle methodology over to the commons. Plus: Google pushes Places, Microsoft set to revamp adCenter, Twilio goes to Africa and 10 new APIs.
Clarity is a mobile-based network that connects entrepreneurs seeking solid advice with the industry professionals who are more than qualified to give it. With the Clarity API user information from the company’s app is made available for integration.
Twitter laid out new developer guidelines and requirements, after much speculation about how developers would be able to use the platform in the future. Some feel pushed around by Twitter’s coming restrictions for displaying tweets, rate limiting and the requirement for major apps to gain Twitter’s permission. As it has in the past, Twitter is giving developers a long time to plan for the changes–six months.
Facebook tells us about the impact that its new “App Center” is having on how users consume Apps. “Couch Commerce” is a big deal. Plus: a payments network takes on Google, Facebook makes it easier to find sample apps and 25 new APIs.
Our API directory now includes 180 finance APIs. The newest is the TTAGG Stock API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the PayPal API. We list 33 PayPal mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of finance APIs.
Our API directory now includes 35 invoicing APIs. The newest is the CashFlows API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the PayPal API. We list 33 PayPal mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of invoicing APIs.
Today Facebook announced 60 approved partners for its Open Graph, which allows them to add actions to the Facebook Timeline. Amazon also added a new API to its cloud offerings, a homegrown NoSQL database. That was among the 13 new APIs on a busy day in APIs.
APIs are a business development tool. Whether you are monetizing directly or indirectly, they allow you to create effective partnerships and expand your platform faster and more efficiently than ever before. The secret to unlocking the full potential of your APIs is to create documentation that makes it easy for partners to use them.