APIs are connecting small businesses and helping create new partnerships. One organization making that happen is the Small Business Web, a consortium of API providers that are working together to create better small business tools. The group is holding its first-ever summit November 11-12 in San Jose and you’re invited.
This past week 26 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 Australian Business Number Lookup, Bandcamp, Beatport, Checkvist, Dance-Tunes, Medianet Open MP3, Mendeley, New York Times Movie Reviews and PLoS Search. The most often used APIs this week are Twilio, Twilio SMS and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Music (8 APIs, 8 mashups), Social (5 APIs, 12 mashups) and Other (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
This past week 23 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 25 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include CareerBuilder, FreshBooks, LinkUp Job Search Engine, Magento, Mediaburst SMS, Scalr and SocialOomph. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Twilio and Twilio SMS. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Job Search (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Social (4 APIs, 9 mashups) and Reference (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
TribeHR, a software-as-a-service human resources solution, is bringing powerful API integration into the HR industry on multiple fronts. TribeHR co-founder Joseph Fung explained to us at SWSXi how APIs fit into the company’s overall strategy:
Online invoicing and time tracking service FreshBooks has a revolutionary new feature for developers using its FreshBooks API: an opportunity to make money through the company’s current customer base. Through the program, developers can charge users a monthly fee, which is tacked on to what subscribers are already paying FreshBooks. The solution, another revenue stream for FreshBooks and a rare one for developers, marks a potential new approach for software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies and one FreshBooks thinks has a bright future.
Last month saw the first-ever “Small Business Saturday” (at least according to American Express, the initiative’s sponsor). Small business get plenty of attention in terms of their finances, but what about their web application needs? The Small Business Web is “a directory of web apps to help small business bloom and grow.” The site was founded about two years ago by FreshBooks (invoicing), MailChimp (email marketing), BatchBlue (customer relationship management), Outright (accounting), and Shoeboxed (receipt management). It now lists dozens of applications across several more categories.
Freelancers can use the FreeAgent money management tool for a variety of tasks, including project management, time tracking, and invoicing. Earlier this year the UK-based company released an API (in beta) that allows developers to tap into FreeAgent in several ways.
Among the 25 finance-related APIs now listed on ProgrammableWeb, there are services from old and new companies, and large and small companies. For example, the venerable Dun and Bradstreet offers the Dun and Bradstreet Credit Check API, personal finance startup Wesabe offers an API and there’s an API from Prosper, a peer-to-peer lending service.
New APIs continue to arrive at a rate of 1 every 2 days here in the ProgrammableWeb API listings. Now up to a total of 281. Here’s a rundown of some of the newer entries over the past two weeks.
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