Though a few shopping APIs are some of the earliest examples we have, their popularity has continued to grow for a simple reason: there’s an obvious revenue model tied to them. When developers use one of the 82 Shopping APIs in our directory, that can mean money in the pocket of the API provider. And, by virtue of various affiliate and revenue-sharing programs tied to many of these APIs, it can also mean money in the pocket of the developer.
This past week the new mashups added to our mashup directory were built using 22 different APIs. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Authentic Jobs, Evernote, Nabaztag, and Yes Broadcast DB. The most often used APIs this week are Amazon eCommerce, Facebook, and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of API were Music (4 APIs, 5 mashups), Mapping (4 APIs, 5 mashups), and Shopping (2 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
This past week 19 new mashups were add to our mashup directory and 32 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include BibSonomy, Connotea, and ooVoo. The most often used APIs this week are Flickr, Google Maps, and YouTube. The categories of APIs with most usage last week include: Mapping (4 APIs, 11 mashups), Bookmarks (3 APIs, 3 mashups), and News (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
With over 30 shopping-related APIs and 300+ mashups tagged shopping it’s clear that ecommerce and shopping will be a vital web service platform. This overview gives you the scoop on these APIs, the business models and mashups.
Time for a Friday roundup of some of the more interesting mashups from the past week.
Rentometer: Genuinely useful mashup that can help you determine if you are paying too much in rent. Enter an address, apartment size, and rent. It maps nearby units and shows a meter of your price versus min, max and average. [...]