Our 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.
Our API directory has hit another major milestone. We now list 5,000 APIs, just a short four months since passing 4,000. No longer is the web simply about links connecting one site to another. Instead, developers are using tools to connect data and functionality from one site to another site. It’s an incredible transformation that has happened over a very short period of time. APIs are at the heart of Google’s strategy and they led directly to the growth enjoyed by Twitter and Facebook.
When looking at the tags associated with the mashups that are submitted to our directory; the most popular ones have always been mapping, social and search. In recent months that trend has continued and today we look at a mashup type that is nearly as popular but doesn’t seem to get as much coverage; the video mashup. These recent Mashup of the Day selections all incorporate video, specifically the YouTube API.
Organizations are continuously engaged in mining the large amounts of information that is generated daily on social networks. As is natural, they would like to understand trends and any mentions in real time. Topsy, a realtime search engine has been indexing Twitter data on a daily basis and providing the Topsy API, to sift through that information. It has now added another feather in its cap by adding public Google Plus posts to its index.
This past week 30 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 26 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Bing Maps Geocode, Bing Maps Routes, Bing Maps Search, Hoiio SMS, Jamendo, KooKoo, Public Transit Data Community and Topsy. The most often used APIs this week are Twilio, Twilio SMS and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (5 APIs, 12 mashups), Messaging (3 APIs, 15 mashups) and Social (3 APIs, 10 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
At the beginning of 2011 we reported that Collect had decided to drop it’s API in order to change their offering to something more profitable. But now ReadWriteWeb have reported the disappointing demise of Collecta. This has the potential of being the first big failure of a well funded real-time web focused company, so questions need to be asked about why this happened and why Collecta weren’t successful. Back in January of this year we asked “Is It Finally the End for Real-time Search Engines?” and it now looks like that very question is being raised again.
Last April we wrote about How Twitter’s 1 API Gave Birth to 43 New APIs. One year later, there are now 86 Twitter-derived APIs in our directory. The growth of Twitter-based APIs outpaced Twitter mashups, an area we also saw a lot of growth. There are now nearly 600 Twitter mashups. It wasn’t even a year ago that we marked the 400 Twitter mashup milestone.
Topsy, the Twitter search indexer that recently raised another $15 million, now lets users zero in on tweets mentioning videos. According to Topsy, the trending videos are the “most popular videos shared by influential users within the first 24 hours of their release.” The feature is also available in its Topsy API, though currently undocumented.
In what many are calling a boon to real-time search, Topsy today announced a new round of funding that doubles the money it’s raised. The company uses indexes Twitter and makes the results available on its website, as well as through its Topsy API, which sees more than half a billion queries per month.
Topsy, a search tool based on real-time social media activity, has unveiled a new service called Topsy Social Analytics that tracks the rise and fall in popularity of specific pieces of online content as well as broader trends in online discussion. The analytics tool, like the Topsy API, uses publicly available data from Twitter to rank content and identify trends.