Today in APIs: Facebook Credits, LinkedIn Acquisition and 7 New APIs

Adam DuVander
Feb. 09 2012, 12:33PM EST

Many game developers aren't seeing the increase in conversions or revenue they hoped for from the Facebook Credits API. LinkedIn has acquired API-happy Rapportive. Plus: financial data challenges, API vs. RSS and 7 new APIs.

Facebook Losing Credit With Game Developers

It seems Facebook Credits isn't helping developers make money like expected:

Facebook made it mandatory for developers to use its payments platform in canvas games in July. That meant developers on the platform had to start handing over a 30 percent revenue share to the company, mirroring a similar split on Apple’s iOS. The hope was that a single, universal currency would make it more frictionless for users to start paying for virtual goods.

"We thought that conversions would go up and be around 15 or 20 percent," said Kevin Chou, the chief executive of Kabam, a social gaming company that targets a more hardcore demographic, at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco. "But it turned out to be around 5 to 10 percent, meaning that we’re taking a 20 percent net tax."

Via Jean-Luc David

LinkedIn Acquires Inbox-Augmenting Rapportive

AllThingsD describes the service:

Rapportive, which is still available only for Gmail, overlays an email correspondent’s social networking accounts alongside open messages and drafts. So, for instance, you can see a person’s most recent tweet and mention it in your email to them. Or you can realize that you’re not connected on LinkedIn to a person you just had a meeting with, and rectify that.

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7 New APIs

Today we had 7 new APIs added to our API directory including a search capability service, Google Apps time tracking service, viral referral page service, cloud-based data sharing service, blog traffic analytics service, website tracking service and citation reference index. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

Grab A Great DealGrab A Great Deal API: Grab A Great Deal API is a service that uncovers the search capabilities of its website. The API is used to gather data from the Grab A Great Deal website and offers developers the flexibility of presenting the information in different configurations. The website is community of users that share deals online. It also offers users the ability to self-promote their own products and services.

The API is an HTTP-based service and supports requests via the HTTP GET method. There are 2 methods of output: JSON and XML. All requests to the API require authentication via the API Key.

NOTE: In order to use the API, you need to be a member of the site.

gTraxgTrax API: gTrax is a time tracking system that can assist in project and resource management. It is integrated with Google Apps allowing users to import calendar information to assist in creating time tracking entries, pull resources from their list of Google contacts and export projects, users and reports into Google spreadsheets. The API allows developers to integrate this functionality into their own applications or web sites. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

KickoffLabsKickoffLabs API: The KickoffLabs viral referral API allows users to build a viral referral (sharing) solution. The API offers developers the ability to customize landing pages as well. Lastly, a developer can make an existing page more viral.

The API consists of two end points. Using these two end points, developers can create a subscription by email address, set their social share id, control if they get the autoresponder email, and return info about previous subscriptions. This API uses HTTP calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

nimbitsnimbits API: Nimbits is an open source process data historian for Google App Engine. It provides data logging, calculations and M2M communication for sensors and devices such as Arduino. It can be used to record and share data points on the cloud and lets users record their changing numeric, text based, GPS, json or xml values into them. The API lets users access the public server to push and pull their data from. The API also provides access to a chart image service, which can generate PNG format images of user data. The API uses HTTP calls and responses are formatted in JSON or TXT.

Performancing pMetricsPerformancing pMetrics API: Performancing is an online resource for bloggers offering tutorials, analysis, tips, metrics, plugins, themes, jobs, monetization tools and a community base to share ideas and build relationships.

Performancing Metrics (pMetrics) offers bloggers analytics with live and historical tracking of their blog’s traffic and usage. Bloggers get detail on every visitor to their web site. The pMetrics Analytics API lets users extract their web site's traffic data into any of several formats, which can then be analyzed, stored or integrated with their own applications. The API uses HTTP calls and responses are formatted in XML, JSON, CSV and PHP.

StatCounterStatCounter API: StatCounter is a service that lets users monitor actual human activity on their web sites in real-time. This data can then be used to perform analysis on visitor habits and more. The StatCounter API offers developers access to manage their StatCounter accounts and retrieve their stats reports. With the API developers can set up and edit StatCounter projects and also manipulate their stats data. They can also use the data to build their own widgets and apps on top of. The API uses HTTP calls and responses are formatted in XML and JSON.

Thomson Reuters Web of ScienceThomson Reuters Web of Science API: Web of Science is a cited reference index, which acts as a tool for discovery and the only method of retrieving accurate citation counts. Users can trace a particular research forward in time or backward in time to see how works grow and develop in a focused area of research using the only true cited reference index.

The Web of Science API lets users access the data within the index. Data includes records such as topic, title and author information. The service offers the ability to access formatted, current information for enhancing an institution’s repository, perform automatic, real time querying of multiple records, deliver real-time Web of Science information into multiple institutional applications such as department web pages or institutional repository. The API uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML. Full documentation is not publicly available.

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 editor@programmableweb.com 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.

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