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Users of the Buffer app and Buffer API can now schedule status updates to LinkedIn, in addition to Twitter and Facebook, from a single publishing interface. Buffer, the web-based service that allows its users to write tweets and status updates ahead of time and then schedule their posts throughout the day, has extended its service to include the professional networking platform LinkedIn.
Publr.com is a free blogging service with a few innovative features. It allows posts of various types, including your typical text, but also including maps, videos, chat transcripts, and links. Its site has a pretty good typical web interface for such things, and there are both first-party and third-party applications to use to post. Those third-party applications use the Publr API.
I'vRead is a service for keeping track of what books you've read. Seems simple, but it can be rather useful for those of us obsessed with reading like myself. Its web site offers the service for free, and using it is already pretty simple. There isn't even another account to register for. All a user needs to do is add a specific tag, @ivread, to a Twitter post mentioning the book. It allows for some basic searches of the data on their website, but the I'vRead API is where the service really shines.
Free blogging service Posterous is simple to use, but posts several types of content via e-mail or web: video, audio, pictures, and documents. For some users, though, they might prefer more enhancements to the interface, or a mobile app. For them, and the developers that cater to them, there's the newly updated Posterous API. A complete replacement and rewrite to the previous version, this allows a lot more access to developers, including administrative options like adding sites and users.
Gas costs sure have risen lately, at least in the US. With many drivers are seeing prices well over $4 per gallon of gasoline, the time has come to do something about it. The FuelFrog website, as well as its iOS app or Twitter, can help with this. It helps you keep track of how far you've gone, and how much gas you've used, as well as trends for gas prices in your area. Of course, there's also the FuelFrog API which, despite some security concerns, lets you integrate that data into just about anything.
TigerLogic, the company behind the yolink API, released a WordPress plugin that allows WordPress users to get a lot more done while searching within a WordPress blog. As many WordPress users know all too well, the existing search functionality of WordPress is subpar. Yolink changes that, offering faster results, and more relevant ones.
Evan Jacobs is one of the developers doing some really interesting things with the Twitter API. Instead of using Twitter as a means of broadcasting information, Jacobs' apps are actually gathering information from Twitter to turn it into something more useful.
Every single public message on Google Buzz, the content-sharing platform from the search giant, is now available to any developer. A similar, if much fatter, pipe is available from Twitter, but only for large partners paying big bucks. Accessing the "firehose" is about the same any other API, which makes it an easy way to get a lot of content quickly.
Anyone used to be able to send a postcard to a U.S. service member by addressing it to "Any Service Member." Now a name is required to send a physical letter. That's where the Gratefulapp mashup comes in. It broadcasts your message via Twitter to troops--or anyone else who checks out its rotating front page.
A year ago Twitter was just a microblogging platform. Sure, it was a popular one, but it wasn't until the announcement of its geotagging API that it took its first step toward being a location platform. Since then, it has expanded its offering to include the four geo APIs I've categorized below.
In many ways Twitter is a platform to be admired. But how and where it communicates with its developer community has been a bit lacking. At the Chirp conference, Twitter launched the sort of home for discussion and information that should make Twitter developers happy.
There were plenty of stats doled out by Twitter's founders during Chirp Conference keynotes today. The two that stuck with us were: 1) that its servers handle 3 billion calls every day, just to the API, and 2) that 75% of all their traffic comes from their API. If you look at the volume alone, that's over 30,000 updates, timeline requests and searches per second. That's a massive API.
Twitter's announced "promoted tweets", a way for businesses to send their status messages into the timelines of users who may not follow them. Many developers are wondering how it affects updates via the API--will promoted tweets show up in results from API calls?
ProgrammableWeb has been tracking Twitter mashups since the first one was added in December, 2006. Looking at the number developers have added to the database, one thing is clear: 2009 was a huge year for Twitter and apps built upon it.
While Twitter mashups continue their tremendous growth, there's another area we're also noticing blossom: Twitter APIs. These developer-created apps process data from Twitter, adding value and sharing that back out for developers.
Once the mouthpiece and aggregator of the blogosphere, Technorati lost its luster long ago. And now it's lost its API, too. The developer page promises a new API but also makes one thing clear: the old one is gone.
Last August was when Twitter first announced it would offer geocoded tweets. With it, user locations are tied to their updates. That feature was rolled out in November. Two months later comes word that it's getting very little use. TheNextWeb reports that less than one-fourth of one percent of all tweets are geo-tagged. For every 430 messages that pass through Twitter, only one has a location--very, very few. Why? Read on for a few potential ideas.