Mashery, a leading provider of API technology and services (as well as a ProgrammableWeb sponsor), has just announced that the annual Business of APIs (BAPI) Conference will be returning to San Francisco on October 2, New York on October 17 and London on November 6.
Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn have some new company. The Klout API is launching a new service to “sign in with Klout.” Called KloutPass, it gives developers access to user influence data at the moment someone signs in. It also gives Klout the opportunity to be a stealthy player in the coming identity wars.
Twitter is adding a mobile A/B testing suite to its collection of APIs-turned-employees. The Twitter-derived Klout API is rolling out a new scoring algorithm and site. Plus: Flickr highlights a cam-sharing app, TD Ameritrade API starting to bear fruit and 27 new APIs.
Having an API allows a web application to foster interaction among a developer ecosystem that can bring innovation and unexpected connections to data sources that can take a web application from good to great. A robust API gives developers the opportunity to leverage business partners by opening their systems and data to a potentially huge group of other developers that have the time and resources to make things better, further entrenching an application into the lifestyles of millions of web users. One only has to think about the Tweet button on millions of web pages or Google’s +1 button, applications that ultimately aim to accomplish what some of the most successful web applications have done: become ubiquitous on the web.
The company best known for measuring Twitter influence has added Google Plus to its Klout API. Though Klout connects to many networks to produce its score, only Twitter and Google Plus can be used via the API as a vector for identity.
This week we’re spotlighting the Twitter API, one of our most consistently popular APIs. Twitter is the second most used API in our directory appearing in over 700 mashups. Each of the mashups below leverage Twitter and have been named mashup of the day since May.
This past week 9 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 500px, Direct Textbook, Google Street View Image and HasOffers. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Flickr and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Photos (3 APIs, 4 mashups), Social (3 APIs, 8 mashups) and Internet (2 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
With Microsoft charging for Bing Search API and Google doing the same for high-volume Maps queries, 2012 is shaping up as the year the API graduates from cool technology to bona fide product. Increasingly, APIs are powering business models, revenue streams, and brand reach. From Klout to Instagram, at virtually every hot startup an API is central to the business plan.
Klout is currently putting the finishing touches on a new version of its API. The company has started a private beta with selected partners, and ProgrammableWeb had the chance to catch an early glimpse of what is to come in this new Klout API.
Startups need to build quickly and iterate quicker. That means not re-inventing the wheel — whenever possible. Just 5 years ago, people were asking why would you use an API? This has quickly turned to why wouldn’t you! Since March 2007 there are 14 times as many APIs listed on the ProgrammableWeb site. And the growth rate is accelerating. API listings on ProgrammableWeb have exploded this year so far, doubling the same period last year, and about four times the same period in 2010 (see chart below).