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Twitter has added alt text support to Twitter Cards and the Twitter REST API. Alt text is an important piece of metadata for those who are visually impaired as screen readers and browsers use alt text to explain to visually impaired users the content of each image on a web page.
Twitter launched Twitter Kit in 2014: a set of tools app owners use to integrate Twitter data and functionality. Since then, Twitter Kit adoption soared and Twitter increased its functionality. The v2.0 release constitutes the first major revision and a platform for expanded functionality and use.
In response to much feedback from the developer community, Microsoft has revamped the Bing Search APIs with a long list of new features. Not only do the new features expand the possibilities for using Bing within an app, a modern architecture should streamline integration and ease maintenance.
Twitter has cut Emojitracker's access to its Streaming API, causing its creator, Matthew Rothenberg, to announce that he will shut the service down in April. Emojitracker provides a real-time visualization of emoji symbol usage on Twitter and has tracked some 14 billion emoji tweets.
Lyft is launching a developer program of its own in order to better compete with Uber. Lyft's first partner in this new endeavor is Facebook Messenger. Lyft hopes the program will eventually expand to see a wide number of developers add Lyft-hailing buttons to their own apps.
Being, an iOS app that allows users to browser Instagram as someone else, has had its access to the Instagram API cut off. In the first week following its launch, Being reached the Best New Apps section of the App Store's front page and was used to view more than 500,000 Instagram feeds.
In response to developer feedback, Twitter will soon add semantic versioning to its Ads API so that developers can more easily deal with new and deprecated features. Additionally, Twitter is increasing the time it supports deprecated versions of the Ads API from 30 to 90 days.
Facebook has released the first set of docs for its Python Ads API SDK. The Docs were pulled directly from the SDK to maintain technical accuracy and consistency with code changes. The docs directly mirror classes within the SDK. Each doc contains Fields, Methods, and Code Samples.
A new API from Facebook will deliver recommendations to advertisers. The feedback should help advertisers create more successful campaigns. Facebook is offering insights on what works and what doesn't to help advertisers navigate the ins and outs of advertising on Facebook.
This Monday, scraping-as-a-service provider Kimono Labs announced that it is being acquired by Palantir Technologies and will be shuttering its service. According to a message posted on the Kimono Labs website, the Kimono team will be joining Palantir, a private software and services firm.
Google Analytics’ default sample threshold is set at 250,000 rows of data, after which a sample subset is used to represent the results of the whole. However, sampling saves processing time at the expense of accuracy, so this tutorial shows followers how to overcome GA’s sampling limitations.
Technology is applied to many industries to varying degrees. This post by Danny Schreiber from Zapier discusses how the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee used Zapier’s web app automation and integration service to connect distributed voter data to define campaign efforts.
A look at the new U.S. General Servisces Administration's Digital Registry API which compiles all 6,000+ social media accounts managed by U.S. Government agencies, and a look at six ways external developers can make use of the API to build innovative products and create new analytics services.1
Google has long fielded complaints of sign-in requirements associated with Google Play Games. The Google+ requirement and multiple sign-ins required for multiple games has been a hotbed of frustration. Google announced the end of both requirements as part of a Google Play Games API model change.
Recent updates to Google’s Search Console API provide the opportunity to leverage fine-grained detail about your search query data using the power of Excel and Pivot Tables. This tutorial by Chris Liversidge guides followers through extracting and analysing data to drive marketing decisions.
This tutorial by Ryan Praskievicz on RyanPraski.com shows followers how to combine the data tracking power of Google Analytics with the data manipulation of Microsoft Excel by using Google Analytics API and Python to provide more actionable insight into website visitor data.
Google said it will follow through on plans announced in 2011 to deprecate several search-related APIs. The company already has a replacement in place for the soon-to-be-defunct APIs. The replacement will help developers add select search functions to their Android mobile apps.
A brand new iOS messaging/social app called Peach has rocketed in popularity since launching last Friday. A developer has reverse engineered the Peach API and created clients for Swift and Mac. The clients have been posted on GitHub for developers interested in using the undocumented Peach API.
Six APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Natural Language Processing, Search, and Payments. Featured today is the Google Knowledge Graph API, which replaces the Freebase API. Here, we summarize the new additions and how they can assist developers.
Twitter has reversed its decision to shut off API access to Politwoops, a service that tracks and posts the deleted tweets of politicians. Twitter shut down API access for the U.S. Politwoops site in June of last year, and the remaining Politwoops websites lost API access a few months later.