API Key, OAuth
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.
||Tradable Bits Media offers social media marketing services for sports, tourism, entertainment, hospitality, retail, and other agencies. The Tradable Bits API allows developers to implement marketing...||Marketing||11.18.2015|
Buzzlogix Text Analysis
||The Buzzlogix Text Analysis API allows developers to integrate its services into their applications, enabling their users to understand their customers and predict consumer's behavior. This...||Natural Language Processing||11.10.2015|
||The OpenLucius API offers a communication platform as an implementation for business applications. It features document collaboration, to-do lists, calendars, and status updates. This RESTful API...||Social||11.09.2015|
||The Grocery Checklist API is a RESTful application programming interface that provides a backend service for mobile applications to help users with grocery shopping. This API provides useful tools in...||Food||11.04.2015|
Ditto Social Stream
||The Ditto Social Stream API provides metadata about public photos that Ditto continuously mines from Twitter and Tumblr. Users choose a basket of brands and the API returns metadata about the photos...||Recognition||11.02.2015|