Where were you when Hurricane Sandy hit, and what were you doing? If you’re like many other ProgrammableWeb readers, you weren’t watching news reports on TV–you were using social media to keep tabs on your friends and family, and taking advantage of the vast amounts of data available on the Internet to make sense of the situation. Below, a round-up of how Twitter and other online resources helped people get through the record-breaking “super storm.”
API Strategy Conference in New York has been postponed due to Sandy. Google Maps gets natural geography support. Plus Amazon Storage Gateway moves out of Beta, RapLeaf fall hackweek kick-off and 12 New APIs.
Gnip, never ceasing to expand access to social media data, has launched its YouTube Comments API. With the new API, Gnip hopes to offer more value to social media managers with regards to insight-rich comments that often prove difficult to harness as comments continue far after a YouTube post. Gnip includes the API as part of its famed Enterprise Data Collector.
The upcoming API Strategy Conference is nearly sold out. Telefonica extends its BlueVia platform by acquiring Tokbox and its video chat API. Plus: New Relic launches the New Relic Connect partner program, the Gnip API adds YouTube comments and 20 new APIs.
Twitter’s CEO, Dick Costolo, stands strong behind the recent API changes that have angered many developers. OneTok comes out of beta and launches their voice recognition platform. Plus: The release of the fitness industry’s first open API, the Library of Congress unveils beta.congress.gov and 20 new APIs.
Gnip released it’s Historical PowerTrack for Twitter today, which provides access to every Tweet ever written. Release of Apple’s iOS 6 leads to several application popping up that leverage Passbook. Xignite provides a tool for tracking IPOs. Plus: SMS Messages Secure Enough for SWAT, Stripe begins global payment quest with Canada expansion, and 22 New APIs.
In partnership with DataWeek, we’re organizing a half day event next Wednesday, September 26, in San Francisco. Though we usually look at the overall API universe, we’re focusing in on just social APIs, which still gives us plenty to discuss. There’s an exciting lineup of talks from API providers, API thinkers and API consumers (some are all three). We’re inviting our bay area-based readers to join us for this event and the rest of DataWeek.
Apigee launches the next generation of its leading API platform making enterprise-grade API management available to all developers. Amazon Glacier’s pricing model may have hidden costs. Plus: Data scientists may one day be replaced by tools, Skytap announces their latest Platform-as-a-Service and 5 new APIs.
Location-sharing service foursquare is now part of navigation company TomTom’s iPhone app. Foursquare also factors into news from Facebook about integrating user mentions into apps. Plus: Amazon’s even cheaper storage, Google App Engine, Topsy Pro and 15 new APIs.
Our API directory now includes 73 management APIs. The newest is the Jupix API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the BuzzData API. We list 6 BuzzData mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of management APIs.