This week saw the widest range of APIs being used to develop mashups we’ve seen in awhile: 42 different APIs used in 7 days. Of those new apps added to our mashup directory, only a handful were map mashups, whereas most of them used more unique APIs: Google Chart API, indeed API, Livekick API, MTV API, NPR API, Tagalus API, TwitPic API, uClassify API, Vimeo API, and the Yelp API. Also, given that within the last 24 hours the highly anticipated Wolfram|Alpha search engine and structured reference went live, we did happen to see a number of semantic and linked-data APIs used this week: Reuters Calais API, DBpedia API, and Freebase API (and we’ve just added a profile for the Wolfram|Alpha API). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
How many APIs did it take to build the 18 new mashups added to our mashup directory? It took 37 different APIs. Some of the less often seen, unique, and newer APIs used include: Alexa Top Sites API, Bit.ly API, Calais API, Cligs API, DocuSign Enterprise API, Freebase API, idiomag music API, and New York Times Best Sellers API. The full list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Bit.ly, the impressive URL shortening service with a wide range of features, announced a the Bit.ly API mashup contest last week. The contest offers a netbook computer and a VIP pass to the Shorty Awards ceremony to the winner. Two runner-up winners will receive a VIP pass to the Shorty Awards ceremony. All developers who submit valid entries will receive some Bit.ly “shwag.” More details on our Mashup Contests Guide.