January 23, 2011
The New York Times have just announced their latest web service API: TimesPeople. With this new API, the newspaper of record is giving developers access to their own Times-centric social network. This community feature, launched last spring, lets readers connect via their interest in the paper's content. The TimesPeople API now provides access to TimesPeople data for any user, including their profile, activities, news feed and social network (our TimesPeople profile).
Netflix continues to see tremendous growth in its Netflix API. The API which saw humble beginnings in 2008 has taken a giant leap in usage, ever since Netflix started streaming functionality to devices. In what could be one of the largest usages of a public API, the current number of requests for its API is around 20 billion per month and increasing by the day, forcing Netflix to look at measures to decrease them.