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O'Reilly's "Mining the Social Web" a Stand-Out Resource for Social Developers

For the developer seeking to experiment efficiently with social APIs, O'Reilly's 2nd Edition of "Mining the Social Web" is a truly outstanding resource. Author Matthew A. Russell drops the developer right into the sandbox of each social network (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ are particularly emphasized, as you would expect) with just the right amount of explanation about what's accessible via each dataset, and then clears out all the obstacles so they can start data mining against very clear examples.

Tumbz API: Finding The Opinions That Matter To You

The power of choice is a valuable part of our everyday lives, and with so many options at our disposal along with wildly different tastes and opinions, it's a good thing we have the freedom to choose. Based on this idea, it's easy to see how things like music charts, recommendations from film critics and general ratings on social media platforms may not be the opinions shared by everybody, and a recommendation system that could focus more on a person's specific preferences would be quite useful. That's pretty much what Tumbz has set out to do. The Tumbz API also makes it possible for this functionality to be integrated with other applications.

Trippin' In API: Instant Insight Into What's Hot And What's Not

Word of mouth is the best kind of information when looking for advice on where to eat, places to stay, things to do and more. Applications like Yelp and Tripadvisor offer users great insight when it comes to reviews and recommendations, but Trippin' In takes this concept to the next level by providing up-to-date social rankings; instant insight into what's popular right now. The Trippin' In API makes it possible for this functionality to be integrated into already existing recommendation applications, further enhancing their relevance and appeal to users.

Hoppit API: Choosing Food Based On Mood

What makes a trip to a restaurant a great experience is not just the fact that they serve delicious food and good wine, but it has a lot to do with the atmosphere and overall 'vibe' of the place. Of course, a 'good vibe' means different things to different people (some like it chilled and some like it loud and bustling), so imagine how cool it would be to be able to browse through dining options based on the exact atmosphere you're looking for. That's what Hoppit is all about; finding restaurants by atmosphere. Hoppit's API provides access to this handy functionality.

Get People Talking About Your Content With Popyoular's API

Word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool, and businesses (not to mention the consumers), can benefit greatly from helpful reviews. Popyoular is an editorial review-based recommendation and discovery platform. It's aimed specifically at film, music, books and games. The idea is to connect a website's good content with trusted reviews and opinions about that content, helping to keep users engaged and directing them to things they may otherwise have overlooked. Popyoular's API makes it possible for developers to integrate this functionality into any other website.

WhatsOnMyBookshelf API: Making Your Used Books Go Further

WhatsOnMyBookshelf is an online book trading application that makes it possible for users to exchange books using a simple point system. For avid readers who have rapidly growing collections of books they've already read, this is a clever little app to help them get their hands on new reads without having to spend any actual cash. WhatsOnMyBookshelf also provides the WhatsOnMyBookshelf API that provides access to this functionality.