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.
For the third time in as many weeks a third-party Facebook application is the subject of controversy. This time around it's that Hasbro, the company behind Scrabble, wants to shut down the popular Facebook app Scrabulous.
What would it mean to have a stripped down social network that was also secure? It would look like Tuenti, the social network out of Spain. To give an example of how seriously they take security, the Tuenti API is closed because "of our efforts to be the most private, secure social network on the market..." But if you play nice, they can make exceptions for commercial apps and games they have tested.