Today in APIs: App.Net Storage & File API, Metwit Weather API and 11 New APIs

Romin Irani
Jan. 29 2013, 11:18AM EST

App.net plans to become a Social App platform with Cloud Storage and File API. Metwit announces world's first crowdsourced Weather API. Plus:  Amazon announces the winners of 2012 AWS Start-up Challenge and 11 new APIs.

App.net provides 10GB storage + File API

App.net, the ad-free alternative to Twitter is laying the foundation for allowing its members to own and share their data on the network. Each member is being provided with a 10GB storage account on the network and with a File API, they can chose whom the data can be shared with. Any member can set appropriate permissions in their storage account, such that their data is only accessible to the Social application that they wish to share with.

Crowdsourced Weather Service with an API

Crowdsourcing is a hot trend these days and Metwit has announced itself as the world's first crowdsourced Weather API that integrates tweets, photos, and metags collected from real people. The API is REST based and allows you not just get the weather/forecast but also post a weather report. The API is free to get started with a rate limit of 80 calls per day.

Check out a cool demo of how hardware sensors and the Metwit API was used to provide realtime weather information.

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11 New APIs

Today we had 11 new APIs added to our API directory including a webrtc video and audio services, a shipment tracking and notification service, an unofficial transformice leaderboard, a document converting service, a big data analysis platform, an online game-based advertising service and a national football league statistical data service. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

AddLiveAddLive API: AddLive is a service designed to supplement and extend WebRTC, an emerging open standard for placing high quality video and voice technology directly into web browsers. AddLive provides support for non-WebRTC browsers, native applications, multi-party conferencing, screen sharing, and more. The JavaScript API provided by AddLive enables users to include live video and audio features in their applications.

AfterShipAfterShip API: AfterShip is a package and shipping tracking and notification service. AfterShip allows users to track packages and shipments and notify their customers when shipped, out for delivery, delivered or exceptions.

The AfterShip API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of AfterShip with other applications. Some example API methods include setting up tracking, accessing courier services information, and pushing tracking notifications.

CheeseformiceCheeseformice API: Cheeseformice is the unofficial leaderboard for the multiplayer flash game Transformice. The Cheeseformice API provides developer access to rankings and stats for individual players and user groups called tribes, as well as map information. Data is returned in JSON format.

DocverterDocverter API: Docverter allows users to convert plain text documents written in HTML, Markdown, or LaTeX to PDF, Docx, RTF, or ePub with an API.

The Docverter API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Docverter with other applications and to create new applications to convert documents. Some example API methods include uploading documents, reading documents, and returning documents in other formats and templates.

IKANOWIKANOW API: IKANOW is big data platform that allows for data analysis for a variety of industries. IKANOW is an open-source data analytics platform.

The IKANOW API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of IKANOW with other applications. Some example API methods include retrieving data, managing user accounts, and posting data.

MediaSpikeMediaSpike API: Using MediaSpike, brands can place relevant, targeted ads in any social or mobile game. MediaSpike is a native monetization platform built by a game development team that understands how in-game advertising works. The MediaSpike JavaScript API provides a lightweight interface with MediaSpike's product placement services. For a given application, the API fetches information on active ad units which can then be accessed and displayed.

NFLData.comNFLData.com API: NFLData.com provides pro football statistical data for personal and professional use. Products include weekly and seasonal data at the player and team level. The NFLData.com API allows developers to automate website or application integration. The API returns JSON or XML formatted data.

OpenMedia.ioOpenMedia.io API: OpenMedia is a entertainment content service that provides movie content, TV show content, and Podcast content via webhooks.

The OpenMedia API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality and content of OpenMedia with other applications and to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here: http://openmedia.io/.

PheedPheed API: Pheed is a social media sharing platform, available for free or a premium version for a fee. Pheed includes features like content sharing of text, photos, and videos, as well as sharing voice notes, audio clips, and live broadcasting. Users can also monetize their content.

The Pheed API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Pheed with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should contact support@pheed.com for more information.

Signature.ioSignature.io API: Signature is an online, digital signing platform. Signature's API allows for digitally signing documents and PDFs and storing the signed documents. Some example API methods include creating documents for signatures, posting documents, and managing signature accounts.

WootWoot API: Woot is a daily deals site, offering curated collections of themed deals called Woot Plus Events, and a daily deal called Today’s Woot. The Woot API provides developers with automated access to daily deals, events, videos, and more. Results are JSON formatted.

Romin Irani Google Developer Expert Cloud 2014. Romin loves learning about new technologies and teaching it to others. Follow me on Google+

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