New APIs: Feelings, Weather and Telegrams

John Musser
Aug. 06 2007, 12:40AM EDT

How about an API that harvests feelings from blogs? Or an API of weather forecasts? Or an API for sending phone messages via the web using text-to-speech? These are three of the most recently added entries to our API directory.

  • We Feel Fine API: Good to see an intriguing, fun API like this once in awhile. As they describe: "Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world's newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling". When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the "feeling" expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 - 20,000 new feelings per day." A REST-based API and data is Creative Commons licensed.
  • The Weather Channel API: Via their online affiliate program, The Weather Channel now provides access to an XML data feed. This enables you to search by location and to integrate current conditions and the forecast for today and tomorrow.
  • Mindgram API: A voice telegram service that lets users send a text-to-speech voice message to any U.S. or Canadian telephone.
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