1,000 Web APIs

Last week ProgrammableWeb crossed one of its biggest milestones thus far when we added the 1,000th web service API to our API directory. This is a long way from the 32 APIs we started with back in the summer of 2005. Back then even the phrase "web mashup" was only a few months old.

And the change is not just in quantity of APIs, but in quality, variety, rate of growth, and most of all, impact. Over the past 3 years, APIs have shown they can be truly disruptive in a wide range of online markets. We've seen this with the introduction of ground breaking APIs like:

One of the trends we've seen in open APIs is that within a given market segment, once one API becomes a huge success (like Google Maps or Facebook), or a sufficient number of leaders offer APIs (like in eCommerce), that a competitive or defensive reaction occurs and soon everyone else in that sector feels like they need to offer an API. It can be a domino effect. Within a year after the Facebook F8 launch of their platform nearly everyone from Google's Orkut to MySpace offered open APIs. Likewise this has happened in mapping, video, photo, music, messaging, voice (the telcos are opening-up, often begrudgingly), and even in the news business (with new APIs for NPR, The New York Times, and lots of other news and media outlets coming soon).

How do these 1000 APIs break down by type? The following chart, derived from our database, shows the the top 15 sectors or markets with the greatest number of competing API providers. As you can see there are already 71 mapping-related APIs alone:

As each of those largest API markets have grown, we've added new Topic Areas on ProgrammableWeb to track the news, APIs, mashups and sub-trends:

From a technology perspective, where are we on the API front? For one thing, the success of open Web APIs has had a big impact on the rise of RESTful design patterns. To provide some light on this from an open API perspective, we've created a new mashup, using our own ProgrammableWeb API and the Google Chart API, to show the distribution of protocol usage by API across our directory. As you can see, 63% of the APIs in our directory are REST-based (and including Atom, also RESTful, there's more).

And what was API number 1000 in our directory? It was the New York Times Community API, a notable new API provider, one that besides giving you all the news that's fit to mix, symbolizes just how much the world is opening-up.

John Musser

Comments

Comments(58)

[...] 1,000 Web APIs Wow, who would hav thought there were so many?! (tags: webservices web2.0 services programming mashup api) [...]

[...] 1,000 web APIs [ProgrammableWeb] “Last week ProgrammableWeb crossed one of its biggest milestones thus far when we added the 1,000th web service API to our API directory.” [...]

[...] ProgrammableWebは、3年以上にわたってウェブアプリケーションのAPIを記録し続けるというすばらしい仕事をし続けてきた。そして本日(米国時間11/3)、登録API数が1000を超える記念日を迎えた。ProgrammableWebは、面白いマッシュアップにチャレンジする開発者達にとって非常に便利なリソースとなっている。ProgrammableWebは惜しみない賞賛に値する。 [...]

Ben

I might be mistaken, but I'm fairly sure REST isn't a Protocol. Neither is Javascript.

@Ben, indeed REST is an architectural model and approach, and JavaScript is a delivery language/SDK than protocol. We explain some of this on our FAQ page. This grouping gives us a way to describe these differences across APIs. Always open to suggestions for new or better ways to describe or group these...

[...] 1,000 Web APIs Last week ProgrammableWeb crossed one of its biggest milestones thus far when we added the 1,000th web service API to our API directory. This is a long way from the 32 APIs we started with back in the summer of 2005. Back then even the phrase “web mashup” was only a few months old. [...]

[...] ~~~~ “ProgrammableWeb has been doing a fantastic job chronicling web app APIs for over three years, and today they reached a milestone, surpassing 1000 APIs tracked. [...]

salesfoce.com, eh? Great place, if you're looking to get into the domain hijacking/ad serving market. Lots of handy tips!

[...] 2008 the API tracking site the programmable web reached a much heralded milestone when it added the 1,000th API to its API directory. However, it isn’t only the quantity that is noteworthy but also the [...]

[...] Programmable Web registrou a sua milésima API.  O endereço é um bom termômetro de como anda essa movimentação [...]

[...] dann würde sich ja auch die Implementierung erweitern lassen. Ansonsten gibt es ja noch viele andere interessante API’s für uns [...]

Congratulations, ProgrammableWeb! Great piece, and thanks for the references to the eBay APIs.

I'm the head of the eBay Developers Program, and wanted to clarify that both the eBay API and the eBay Developers Program started in November

2000 (not 2001), meaning it's our eighth anniversary this month.

We are really excited about our next generation platform, Project Echo, that allows 3rd party developers to integrate directly onto eBay.com. Please check out http://developer.ebay.com/echo for more details.

[...] Programmable Web registrou a sua milionésima API. O site é bom termômetro de como anda essa movimentação pela [...]

[...] Web APIs von Webdiensten, über die Drittanbieter auf den Dienst zugreifen können. Zum Anlass der 1000sten API hat er interessante Statistiken zu Kategorien und der verwendeten Technik der APIs  [...]

API tracking is maintaining a value chronicle of evolution of the WEB most important aspect the API.

The internet category encompasses quite a few strange systems. Something like a meta category for the rest, since most people don't look specifically for those type of services, they look for those services when they're doing other stuff on the internet (such as url shortening in IRC and Twitter). EC2 and so forth are services that allow you to host your own material, but only is interesting to people doing work on the internet. I'm not surprised that it's the second biggest api category.

[...] [upmod] [downmod] 1,000 Web APIs (blog.programmableweb.com) 1 points posted 6 months, 1 week ago by SixSixSix tags imported api [...]

I am a salesman, I come from China, I am glad to be here.

In China, there is an old saying, meet both the affinity,

For our fate, cheers.

First meeting. I first introduced to our company's products,

We mainly produce

fuel dispenser, china fuel dispenser, Petrol dispenser, fuel dispenser pump, fuel dispenser manufacturer, fuel dispenser parts, fuel dispenser nozzle, oil dispenser, High flow fuel dispenser, Heavy Duty Fuel Dispenser.

If you are interested you can see here

my site http://www.sankichina.com

Disturb you. Please forgive me.

Modern Prestige is a well made, reliable, multi-purpose site. It supplies frequent, relevant news updates that are both concise and interesting. It is the first place I look for gaming news. The forums are interactive and helpful, and the support on the site is responsive, personal, and well informed. The site is well designed and easy to navigate.

We host games such as <a href="http://ModernPrestige.com" rel="nofollow">Modern warfare 3</a>, <a href="http://ModernPrestige.com" rel="nofollow">MW3</a>, <a href="http://ModernPrestige.com" rel="nofollow">Call of duty DLC</a>, <a href="http://ModernPrestige.com" rel="nofollow">DLC leak</a>, <a href="http://ModernPrestige.com" rel="nofollow">MW3 DLC</a>, <a href="http://ModernPrestige.com" rel="nofollow">Morning Wood</a>, <a href="http://ModernPrestige.com" rel="nofollow">ModernPrestige</a>, <a href="http://ModernPrestige.com" rel="nofollow">MP</a>, <a href="http://ModernPrestige.com" rel="nofollow">Battlefield 3 </a>

[...] another click away, John Musser of ProgrammableWeb celebrates the 1,000th API of ProgrammableWeb&#8217;s API list. Since ProgrammableWeb tracks all those different APIs, it is able to deliver serious metrics on [...]

Hey not to go off topic but can anyone give me a review of. New York Car Insurance Reform 295 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007 (646) 351-0824 They are down the block with me. I was wondering if they were a good insurance agency. I need to find coverage, it is regulations you know, but I have to have a good price price plus I want friendly service.

Hey I am a newbie. I'm real anxious to start learning! What does API stand for? Does anybody have an referred websites to for a beginner to learn the basics? Thanks!

Mira lo que encuentro. Aquí hay tantas opciones de <a href="http://www.esmonclertienda.com/espana-moncler-abrigos-mujeres.html" rel="nofollow">comprar mujer Moncler Baratas</a> y <a href="http://www.esmonclertienda.com/" rel="nofollow">Moncler Ropa</a>. Lo más importante es que se venden sin gasto de envío. Además, el precio de los productos no es alto. Con menos de €60 compro dos productos. No puedo creerlo. Pero es verdadero.

[...] a fantastic job chronicling web app APIs for over three years, and today they reached a milestone, surpassing 1000 APIs tracked. ProgrammableWeb is a great resource for developers cooking up great mashups, so kudos to [...]

[...] a fantastic job chronicling web app APIs for over three years, and today they reached a milestone, surpassing 1000 APIs [...]

[...] a fantastic job chronicling web app APIs for over three years, and today they reached a milestone, surpassing 1000 APIs tracked. ProgrammableWeb is a great resource for developers cooking up great mashups, so kudos to [...]

[...] on latitude and longitude (they even had APIs for the On AIR Bus). So I was happy to see that they recently hit 1,000 Web APIs. That&#8217;s good for the web and good for [...]

[...] a fantastic job chronicling web app APIs for over three years, and today they reached a milestone, surpassing 1000 APIs tracked. ProgrammableWeb is a great resource for developers cooking up great mashups, so kudos to [...]

[...] Shafts in Tian Xing, China [PICS] Mercenary Firm Offers to 'Detain Troublemakers' on Election Day 1,000 Web APIs Linux admin IQ/trivia test Visualizing data in the cloud Microsoft: Third party apps killing our [...]

[...] all of the new APIs opening-up these days and increasing emphasis on development in the cloud, it&#8217;s timely that next week is Mashup [...]