Three months after its initial launch, much-talked-about data portability service Gnip has released version 2.0 of its API, as well as the first glimpse of a business model. As we covered back in March, Gnip's goal is to "connect Data Consumers to Data Publishers in a low-latency, highly-scalable standards-based way." Gnip is a sort of proxy that makes data from diverse Publishers--services like Delicious or Twitter, which create activity content--available in a unified format, and notifies Consumers--like FriendFeed or Plaxo--via a push interface when new data is available. The new version of the API adds full data delivery, XMPP support, and advanced data filtering.
Lymbix is a small privately held company with a lucky team of 13 full time employees offering sentiment analysis for text samples. Its model is software as a service and so of course Lymbix offers an API. That’s the kind of service that application developers want and need. Would you like to know how much amusement-excitement or anger-loathing is in your email? Lymbix will crunch the data for you.