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We've added 6 APIs to ProgrammableWeb today in Recognition and Mapping categories, among others. Client libraries for Bit.ly and Groupon have also been added to the directory.
Our API directory now includes 45 coupons APIs. The newest is the Wishpot Coupon API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Groupon API. We list 10 Groupon mashups. Below you'll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of coupons APIs.
Happy Friday the 13th to everyone! This week we want to take a look back at the month that passed and point out some of the mashups that we didn't get a chance to spotlight earlier. These mashups were all named Mashup of the Day in March and make use of APIs from Facebook, 8coupons, Last.fm and more.
The daily deal space is hot, and has been for some time now. In the past year 23 million Americans have purchased a daily deal or group coupon according to a survey conducted for the American Institute of CPAs by Harris Interactive (source). Not to mention Freelance websites, such as Freelancer and Elance, have been flooded with thousands of "Groupon clone", "daily deal site" and related job postings - a general sign that many more businesses are still trying to get in.
Today we're marking another milestone in our API directory: we now list 4,000 of them. It's only been six months since we toasted the 3,000th. And, as we've said before, the site ended its first year, 2005, listing only 105 APIs. The whole web as a platform has come a long way and done so very quickly. There are some areas, such as social, which are incredibly popular. There's also a lot of room for expansion, as industries like travel and retail have yet to fully embrace APIs. How soon will we mark the 5,000th?
E-Commerce covers a broad range of inter-connected processes which eventually leads to a transaction between two or more parties. Recent enhancements in technology, specifically social interactions on the Web, have increased the complexity in analyzing these processes and describing E-Commerce as a whole. And, to be honest, there is a lot of confusion within the terminology of “E-Commerce” itself. The exact definition of E-Commerce varies depending on your source, and you might hear words like e-business, e-retailing, and online shopping all used interchangeably. Mind you, they all have different meanings.
MyBantu is an interesting little mashup, available as an iPhone app, an Android app, and a website. Its goal is to make shopping for anything, especially restaurants and movies, easier and more social. It uses Yelp API, Netflix API and various others to make it happen. It's very similar in idea to Siri, the "ultimate mashup" that Apple later gobbled up in the largest mashup acquisition ever.
Mobile phones and an increasing interest in location on the web have fueled a number of coupon and deal websites. Each seems gunning to be the site for local specials, albeit with a slightly different angle. And another thing in common? They usually have an API.
Groupon, which calls itself a "social commerce site," is one of many online services that help consumers pool their buying power to get great deals. However, few companies can share Groupon's experience of attracting $135 million dollars from the same venture capital funds that helped grow Facebook and Zynga. To help third-party developers and affiliate members get the word out about its daily specials, Groupon has released a publicly available API.