Single purpose API
When Facebook announced its timeline partners yesterday, there were many familiar names on the list. Some were especially familiar to us because, in addition to now adding their "actions" to Facebook, they also provide APIs to access data created by their users.
Our directory recently passed 4,000 APIs, each one different than almost every other one. There is a single defining factor of all 4,000: in some way, they're available for any developer to use. They're public. There is a virtual ocean below our directory of APIs that are currently private. These APIs drive mobile apps, connect strategic partnerships and exist within organizations large and small to facilitate data sharing. Some of the APIs in our directory look like cousins of the private API. Their documentation is only available by request, or access is only offered to approved partners. And increasingly, there is a paid barrier to many we list. In some cases, the entire business is an API or collection of APIs.
Food-sharing mobile photo app Foodspotting had an API since day one. Of course, every mobile app has an API, at least if it needs to store or retrieve non-trivial data. Most of those interfaces stay hidden away, private APIs with only that single, internal audience. Foodspotting, on the other hand, signed Zagat as an early partner and now also has OpenTable, among others, using its Foodspotting API. The company is not exactly making it widely available for any developer, though the documentation is public, planting it in a vast grey area that's becoming increasingly common.
NASA Mars Rover Photos
||This API allows you to collect image data gathered by NASA's Curiosity, Opportunity, and Spirit rovers on Mars. Each rover has its own set of photos stored in the database, that are capable of being...||Science||08.12.2016|
||GetSocial is an in-app social marketing platform that features real-time chat, activity feeds, push notifications, and sharing. The GetSocial platform can be used to monetize and convert users into...||Social||08.05.2016|
||The Avatar API allows developers to get a user's profile picture and real name based on their email address. This can be used to personalize email-based communications or even just to add real names...||Profiles||07.31.2016|
||The pCloud API is a development platform for online storage solutions. The API is split into the HTTP/JSON and binary protocols. The HTTP/JSON protocol deploys HTTP calls to support the development...||Cloud||07.30.2016|
||The Purina REST API integrates managed profiles into applications, providing nutritional data for pet and cat owners. It is available with HTTP requests to send JSON responses, under SSL security...||Pets||07.28.2016|