Best New Mashups: Social Graphing, Realtime Emotions and a Virtual Assistant

Adam DuVander
Feb. 12 2010, 04:27AM EST

The mashups included below all clarify mountains of information. Using APIs, they gather the data and show it to the user in a way that makes sense. In one case, it's a bar chart of emotions expressed over Twitter and other realtime search engines. Another takes your LinkedIn connections and displays them graphically. The other brings a handful of APIs to your iPhone, responding to your voice.

  • #LinS Stats on Your LinkedIn Social Graph: Get some shiny stats about countries, cities and industries your contacts are from. APIs: Google Chart, LinkedIn. More at our #LinS Stats on Your LinkedIn Social Graph profile.
  • #LinS Stats on Your LinkedIn Social Graph

  • Internet Realtime Emotions: The infovisualization shows the real-time emotions of the social web by classifying user contributions according to the methodology defined by Plutchik. APIs: Collecta, OneRiot, Twitter. More at our Internet Realtime Emotions profile.
  • Internet Realtime Emotions

  • Siri - Your Virtual Personal Assistant: A virtual assistant for your iPhone. Possibly the ultimate mashup because it uses many APIs to provide the best reply it can (check out our Siri review and demo for more). Queries are spoken in simple English and the app uses artificial intelligence queries to answer. APIs: BooRah Restaurant Search, Eventful, FlightStats, Google Maps, Livekick, True Knowledge, WeatherBug, Yahoo Local Search, Yelp. More at our Siri - Your Virtual Personal Assistant profile.
  • Siri - Your Virtual Personal Assistant

    Adam DuVander Hi! I'm Developer Communications Director for SendGrid and former Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb. I currently serve as a Contributing Editor. If you have API news, or are interested in writing for ProgrammableWeb, please contact Though I'm a fan of anything API-related, my particular interest is in mapping. I've published a how-to book, Map Scripting 101, to get anyone started making maps on websites. In a not-so-distant past life I wrote for Wired and Webmonkey.