Facebook API Euthanasia Continues: Keeping Face.com to Itself

Adam DuVander, July 7th, 2012

FacebookFacebook is closing down the Face.com API for facial detection and recognition. It follows a long line of API euthanasia from the social network. Expect Face.com’s technology to be integrated into Facebook itself and the great domain name otherwise repurposed. As for Face.com’s 45,000+ developers? Sorry Charlie.

Facebook, Please Don’t Kill More APIs

Adam DuVander, June 19th, 2012

FacebookIt’s time we talk, Facebook, before you do something you’ll really regret. You see, I noticed you with that look in your eye again. The sort of look that marks the end of a promising young company and along with it a well-loved API. You say you’re changing, but I’m not sure I can ever trust you. Let me tell you why.

25 APIs Used in 7 Days: Dropbox, Salesforce and Netflix

Wendell Santos, May 5th, 2012

This past week 11 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 25 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Atlassian Bitbucket, BuzzData, Face.com, FCC, Google Apps Email Migration, Google Drive, TFL Cycle Hire and Trailer Addict. The most often used APIs this week are foursquare, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (3 APIs, 5 mashups), Storage (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and Video (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:

Face.com Adds Age Estimation to Face Detection API

Adam DuVander, March 29th, 2012

Face.comWith use cases in chat, advertising and photo sharing, the Face.com API now estimates the age of the faces it finds in photos. The service released mood detection last July and has seen the number of developers registered on its platform double in less than a year. The age estimation is hardly perfect, but gives a guideline that joins a number of attributes the service can return from just a snapshot.

Visual.ly Using APIs to Automate and Personalize Infographics

Robert Egert, March 15th, 2012

Infographics have played an increasingly visible role in communicating complex analytic data in an easy-to-digest way. Until recently infographics were hand-crafted by graphic designers with a special interest and ability in data communications. Visual.ly has made a name for itself by authoring web-based data visualization applications that can be customized and populated on an individual level.

203 Photo APIs: Flickr, Foursquare and Yahoo Image Search

Wendell Santos, February 22nd, 2012

FlickrOur API directory now includes 203 photo APIs. The newest is the Getty Images Connect API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Flickr API. We list 600 Flickr mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of photo APIs.

Face Recognition Contest Has Unusual Prize

Adam DuVander, August 22nd, 2011

Face.comNot since a battle axe grand prize have we seen a contest give away something so intriguing. Face.com, makers of a free photo recognition API, aren’t giving away an iPad or laptop to the top developer in their contest. They’re giving that developer a job.

Face.com Brings Mood Detection to its 20,656 Developers

Adam DuVander, July 8th, 2011

Face.comFinally, you have definitive proof that your significant other is only 52% happy. Face detection and recognition service Face.com has been busy since it launched its free API a year ago. The company has been adding servers to handle the load of the over 20,000 developers who signed up. It’s also been adding features, the most recent the ability to detect the mood of a face, along with a confidence rating.

16 APIs Used in 7 Days: Amazon Mechanical Turk, Facebook and Zappos

Adam DuVander, April 30th, 2011

This past week 12 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 16 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include EEA Discomap, Face.com and Wine.com. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Twitter and Wine.com. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (3 APIs, 3 mashups), Social (3 APIs, 7 mashups) and Music (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:

Face.com: Free Face Recognition API for Photos

Phil Leggetter, February 10th, 2011

Face.com APIAccess to software that performs complex operations has been, and can still be, costly. Paying for expensive licenses can mean an alternative solution has to be sought or worse still, a feature won’t be developed at all. Thanks to virtualization and a many other cloud features, we’ve seen these complex operations offered as services at a fraction of the cost. One such complex operation is that of facial recognition. This software hasn’t seemed accessible at all with only applications such as Google Picasa, Apple’s iPhoto, Facebook and more recently XBox Kinect being the most obvious examples where it has been used. These are big companies with big money to spend. This now changes as Face.com is offering a free to use face recognition API for photos.

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