This past week the new mashups added to our mashup directory used a total of 28 different APIs. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs that developers used this week include Akismet, Big Huge Thesaurus, Bing Maps, ShareThis, and the Your Mapper API. The most often used APIs this week were Flickr, Google Maps, and Twitter. And the most popular categories of APIs used were: Mapping (8 APIs, 14 mashups), Social (3 APIs, 6 mashups), and Internet (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
The goal of HeyZap is to be the “YouTube of casual gaming” by giving site publishers a way to embed more than 6000 casual Flash games into their sites with a single embed code. Their business model (more detail from TechCrunch) is to collect revenue from ads within the games using the MochiAds ad platform and share some of that with developers. The publishers using the code don’t get revenue, but get increased traffic to their sites.
At the bottom of many blog posts (including this one) and website entries you’re likely to find a widget that allows sharing to social sites or emailing to a friend. ShareThis competes with other systems like AddThis and SocialTwist to give publishers an easy-to-install sharing method.