The growth in APIs is rapidly expanding. That's clear. Social has out-paced overall API growth and in the last year settled in as a major trend. Sure, there are big names, like the Facebook API and Twitter API. There are also newcomers like Google Plus and Pinterest. There are now well over 800 social APIs, helping developers capitalize on humans' natural desire to communicate with each other.
Sometimes we forget what the real purpose of all this fancy technology is. And what is that? To make our real lives easier. Mashups often help with that, allowing us to do such simple things as find a good beer, our favorite music artists, where the streetcars are, or where a park is.
Facebook may be this year's most-discussed tech IPO, but last year certainly belonged to LinkedIn. The company, which is turning a modest profit, also has expanded its developer offerings. With that came many more developers to the LinkedIn API, more than doubling the number of registered devs in less than a year. And those apps created on the platform account for billions of API requests each month going to business social network.