In this first of a series of articles about encouraging API adoption, I talked with Blair Beckwith, Developer Advocate and App Store Lead from Shopify. Shopify is an e-commerce platform for selling just about anything you can think of from 50 Cent’s headphone collection to fancy, leather laptop bags. There are two kinds of “developer” on Shopify: 1) those who create templates that dictate the look and feel of a site, and 2) those who create add-ons that are available in the shopkeeper add-on store. In this article, I’m going to concentrate on the second one, the add-on developers.
Over one-third of our mashup directory is made up of mapping mashups and their popularity shows no signs of slowing down. We have taken two looks at mapping mashups in the past. With it being a year since our last review, now is a good time to look at the newest mashups taking advantage of mapping APIs. Read below for more information on each.
Our API directory now includes 945 social APIs. The newest is the SmartBots API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Twitter API. We list [num] Twitter mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of social APIs.
Foursquare has announced that the Foursquare Global Hackathon will take place on January 5th, 2013 where developers and designers will have the opportunity to win great prizes for building the best, most innovative hacks using the Foursquare API.
This past week 9 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 Earth911 Search, HP Cloud Object Storage, HP Imaging Cloud Photo Suite, LaunchBit, Mailgun, Ookaboo and Recognize.im. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Facebook Graph and Google Maps. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (4 APIs, 6 mashups), Photos (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Music (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
The Google App Engine went down for over 3 hours on Friday, then bounced back. Zapier added a new blog series on API quirks. Plus: there’s a new API meetup in Paris, the Amazon outage is proof that API monitoring needs overhauling, and 12 new APIs.
Showcase your Location app in the second edition of Foursquare Global Hackathon. CardShark, an API for Business Card transcription. Plus: RunKeeper at Quantified Self, Build an App on the human genome via the 23andMe API and 14 new APIs.
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 12 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Dwolla, Eli Lilly Clinical Open Innovation , MotorsportReg.com, Ordr.in and Pinterest. The most often used APIs this week are Dwolla, MotorsportReg.com and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Mapping (1 APIs, 1 mashups) and Payment (1 APIs, 1 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Here is the situation: You have an API – or a set of them – and you want third-party developers to run wild with it in new and unexpected ways. The words “innovation”, “ecosystem”, “community” and “crowdsourcing” are being thrown around liberally. Sponsoring hackathons has started some fantastic conversations, but the software created during these 24-48 hour sprints never seems to make it to market. Now you’re considering running a longer virtual software competition, or challenge, to spur a higher level of engagement.
A new company is using the DropBox API to improve private, controlled sharing. A new Flickr API app on iPad looks gorgeous. Plus: run your own Hacker News API, what’s your favorite developer portal and 12 new APIs.