This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 14 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Google Book Search Book Viewability and trakt.tv. The most often used APIs this week are The Movie DB, trakt.tv and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (2 APIs, 2 mashups), Music (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and Shopping (2 APIs, 2 mashups).
APIs enable incredible customization. No longer are customers locked into a specific interface or feature set: they can modify and augment core functionality as they see fit. It is incredibly liberating, but just deploying any old API isn’t enough. You need to really understand how people use your API. Luckily, you can group most API usage into one of two buckets: reading and writing.
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 16 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Careerjet , D&B Direct, eBay Shopping and Gengo Human Translation. The most often used APIs this week are D&B Direct, Shopping.com and Shopzilla. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Shopping (5 APIs, 5 mashups), Job Search (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and Social (2 APIs, 2 mashups).
February came and went, but not without blessing us with some amazing mashups. Let’s take a look back at some of the great tools that have been submitted to our mashup directory this last month. This group of mashups includes a human translation service, a random video site, and a social exercise site.
CrunchBase is taking steps to develop its API into a “full-fledged product.” Viralheat announced a new developer center and a new API to go along with it. Plus: the automated perks of an API, Samsung Android Wallet app Has API in Beta, and 12 new APIs.
Sometimes it seems like I spend more time looking for a good movie to watch, than I do actually watching it. I have a feeling that I am not the only one that has this problem. Thankfully with resources like the Rotten Tomatoes API, the Movie DB API, and of course the Youtube API, developers have created amazing mashups that make searching for the perfect movie a lot faster. I present to you two of our most recent movie mashup additions.
YouTube has integrated with Gengo and Translated.net to allow seamless caption translation. The LinkedIn API has moved to OAuth 2.0. Plus: StackMob launches enterprise API marketplace, Rackspace open sources PHP SDK for OpenCloud, and 8 new APIs.
GoPollGo is all about creating polls, from running them during presidential debates to coworkers polling each other on where to go for lunch. It has two APIs. One is a public read-only API free to anyone. The other is private, in beta that allows third parties to create polls. Clients such as ESPN, Netflix, Hotels.com, Robert Scoble, AppleInsider and The Weather Channel, use GoPollGo to track opinions on their brands and businesses.
Most people don’t tend to think of APIs as a potentially life threatening issue. But the folks at Rave Mobile Safety have determined that giving first responders access to a wide variety of data sources can save lives. A new Smart911Connect offering from Rave Mobile Safety allows emergency response centers accessing the company’s Smart911 database to leverage a set of APIs to access everything from building floor plans to healthcare records.