Last week we attended Google’s developer conference, along with over 5,000 others. The company was so rife with announcements that many didn’t make it to the keynote stage. That was the case with just about all of the API updates, including a handful of impressive new features in the popular Google Maps API.
This past week 8 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 50 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Acapela, APIfy, AuthorityLabs Account, AuthorityLabs Partner, Boxcar, Buffer, Diigo, Google Sites , Gravatar, Instapaper, Pinboard, Plurk, Pocket, Posterous, Readability , Scoop.it, Svpply, Weather Central, WordPress.com, Yammer and Zootool. The most often used APIs this week are Last.fm, Twitter and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (9 APIs, 10 mashups), Bookmarks (6 APIs, 6 mashups) and Internet (5 APIs, 5 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Today we’re looking at mashups that instead of aiding your productivity, are just fun to pass the time with. These mashups use a variety of APIs from popular ones such as Twitter and LastFM, to lesser known ones such as Forvo and EchoNest. Our directory currently contains 223 mashups tagged as fun.
Open data platform Factual continues its expansion into the local market. The new “monetize API,” as the company is calling it, helps connect developers–and their users–to coupons, table bookings and other referrals to local places. The developer, in turn, gets a cut of whatever Factual earns from the deal. The addition to the Factual Places API comes with four launch partners, including the two most popular daily deal websites.
Our API directory now includes 88 local APIs. The newest is the WebReserv API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Yahoo Local Search API. We list 55 Yahoo Local Search mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of local APIs.
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 23 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include FlightStats, Google In-App Payments, Google Mashup Editor and Sensis Business Search. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (6 APIs, 10 mashups), Shopping (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and Mapping (2 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Seamless is a food ordering and delivery tool that connects buyers with sellers and takes a percentage of the sale. This alone is not a revolutionary idea; using the income that comes from sales commissions to avoid annoying advertisements that turn off users while collecting data on restaurants and eating habits is pretty smart. The goal is to leverage the data they are collecting and become a search resource that can rival companies like Yelp. Seamless has partnered with over 9,500 restaurants in 45+ cities and has released the Seamless API to give developers a chance to explore integration possibilities.
Factual Inc, a company founded by ex-Googler Gil Elbaz that is creating a collaborative data platform, announced extensions to its Factual APIs today that are aimed at improving the ability to target advertising and provide other geo-based capabilities in mobile applications. The three new APIs, Geopulse, Reverse Geocoder, and World Geographies, fill gaps and extend the scope of Factual’s API portfolio. But the way that Factual thinks about its APIs also holds lessons for anyone who is mapping out an API strategy of their own.
As I look across the street at the remodeled house that just sold, I can’t help but get the itch to start looking a real estate sites to see what other houses are available. With the weather getting warmer, it seems I’m not the only one with an eye on moving as tons of houses have come on the market in just the last month alone. So today we’ll take a look at some real estate mashups that have come our way in the last few month. Many of them take advantage of APIs such as Google Maps and Zillow.