April 5, 2014
The emergence of mobile device checkin activity is creating a wealth of information about the real world. However, successfully finding and effectively using opinions provided by people you trust on your social graph can be a challenge. Springpad, the maker of personal task management products and Springpad API that help users organize their digital lives, is releasing a new feature called Friends Stuff that aims to help you get the most out of the recommendations buried in your online social network.
As a developer, you can figure out how to make your program connect to Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and Email. Or you can use the Embarke API and connect just to Embarke, a messaging platform that connects you to them all. You can skip learning the specifics of how to connect to each of them. The REST API's website has a five minute tutorial video on how to use this gateway to its developer tools for social communications.
Something awesome is happening in the world of music and the web. But first, some primer. Rdio is one of the few music subscription services that do a tremendous amount of things right, including having its robust Rdio API. For $5 a month, you can get all of the music you want, have collaborative playlists, share content to Facebook and Twitter, and keep up with what your friends are listening to. For $10, you can do all that and store the music to your phone for offline or higher quality enjoyment.