Today in APIs: foursquare in TomTom, Facebook Mentions and 15 New APIs

Adam DuVander
Aug. 21 2012, 04:26PM EDT

Location-sharing service foursquare is now part of navigation company TomTom's iPhone app. Foursquare also factors into news from Facebook about integrating user mentions into apps. Plus: Amazon's even cheaper storage, Google App Engine, Topsy Pro and 15 new APIs.

TomTom Checks in to FourSquare

Navigation company TomTom is using the foursquare API to help its users find places to go. The app is $49 in the US and more elsewhere, but this feature is included even if you already own the app, according to The Next Web:

Once you’ve linked Foursquare to the TomTom app, you can search and navigate to your favourite places. While you can still use it even if you’re not an active Foursquare user, if you do log in you can automatically check in at your destination.

This is a pretty mainstream API partner for foursquare, showing the headway it's made as a platform.

Facebook Adds "Mentions" to Graph API

FacebookThe Facebook Graph API now allows developers to tag others in a message as a mention. This is similar to using @mentions in Twitter. A message does not necessarily need to be directed to a specific user to be mentioned.

The Facebook announcement goes into the difference between action tagging (when you're participating in something with someone else) and the more casual mention tagging.

Launching with the feature is foursquare, which shows the real power of identity tagging. A single message with a foursquare checkin can map a foursquare user to the same person on Facebook and Twitter, making for a very nice message that automatically looks like it belongs on each network.

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15 New APIs

Today we had 15 new APIs added to our API directory including an invoice management service, game information tool, online event registration service, online copywriting service and Twitter post archiving service. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

AkvoAkvo API: Akvo creates open source software and builds partner networks to change the way development aid is allocated and reported, allowing funders to see where their money goes. Akvo Real Simple Reporting allows partners and funders to embed a project’s details on their sites. The Akvo RSR API is a read-only interface providing Akvo data to partners and other interested partners.

Barbershop TagsBarbershop Tags API: Barbershop Tags is an online resource for downloading, uploading, and ranking over 1,946 Barbershop 'tags'. A tag in Barbershop music is a short arrangement towards the end of a song, similar to a coda in classical music. Freely available tag downloads and music videos are also available through the site and interactivity with the user community is encouraged with contributor stats posted on the main page.

The simple, HTTP based programmer's API allows you to: browse the tags and their associated videos as well as retrieve informational details and rate the tags for creation of third party apps on multiple platforms.

BilbusBilbus API: Bilbus is an e-invoicing/financing solution that allows users to monitor what their customers owe as well as set up loan services for managing unexpected monetary gaps. Users can arrange financial service connections from Bilbus matched commercial lenders in the Bilbus Working Capital Hub.

The SOAP based API features returns in XML and allows third party applications access and the ability to manipulate invoice data stored within Bilbus as well as customer information. Calls include: Create/Update customer. Fetch customer (according to filter setting), Create/Update invoice. Fetch invoice (according to filter setting)

BrightpearlBrightpearl API: Brightpearl is a remotely accessible business management tool, providing a single point from which to manage all aspects of a business: eCommerce, inventory management, accounting, order processing, and CRM. The Brightpearl API allows customers to access the data held in their Brightpearl account and make use of the platform’s functionality from within their own applications.

CallsupCallsup API: CallsUp! is a mobile applications that automatically detects the best call mode to give the user the best rate for a given call. The service also is avaialble for landlines and mobile phones without Internet access. An API is available for developers to offer their customers the service's functionality directly from their website. Public documentation is not avaialble.

Chronicless for the Secret WorldChronicless for the Secret World API: The Secret World is a massively multiplayer online game created by Funcom. Chronicless is an API created to allow players to access character and cabal data to display on 3rd party websites and integrate into 3rd party applications.

EventarcEventarc API: Eventarc is an online event registration service that allows users to set up and administer online event listings as well as ticketing services for the events they have listed. From small events to events ranging in the 10,000 attendee range, Eventarc is user friendly and intuitive enough for anyone to set up an event with invites as well as establishing a ticketing system for attendees. A solution for people wanting a hassle-free, inclusive service for events managed online.

The Eventarc API is currently in beta, but methods include: address, attendee, checkin, event, group, image, payment and user. A PHP library for the API is available on GitHub.

LexicompLexicomp API: Lexicomp is a provider of drug information and clinical content for the healthcare industry. Lexicomp offers an Internet based solution for providing clinicians this content. Information from the databases and modules in Lexicomp Online are made available via an XML API and can be used in third party applications. Full documentation is not publicly available.

openSNPopenSNP API: openSNP allows customers of direct-to-customer genetic tests to publish their test results, find others with similar genetic variations, learn more about their results, find the latest primary literature on their variations, and help scientists to find new associations. The openSNP API enables users to retrieve information on users, genotypes, and phenotypes from openSNP using JSON calls.

PaymentwallPaymentwall API: Paymentwall provides a solution for globally monetizing digital goods and services, assisting game publishers, dating sites, rewards sites, and many others in monetizing their digital content. The Paymentwall API allows customers to install customized Paymentwall widgets into their applications.

Pearson Peachpit Visual QuickStart GuidesPearson Peachpit Visual QuickStart Guides API: Visual QuickStart Guides have been a vital part of the computer book category for years and are a trusted resource for accessing information and guidance. Visual QuickStart Guides contain concise, step-by-step explanations of core tools and tasks, with helpful screen shots. The Pearson Peachpit Visual QuickStart Guides API allows users to access and view sections, articles and books from the Pearson database to find the correct guide.

ShipStationShipStation API: ShipStation is a web-based shipping solution that streamlines the order fulfillment process for online retailers. ShipStation integrates with USPS, UPS, and FedEx for retrieving rates, creating shipping labels, and much more. The ShipStation API allows you to feed orders, customers, and products into ShipStation in addition to querying on a wide variety of data.

Supertext TranslationSupertext Translation API: Supertext is a language translation service with more than 300 select translators, editors, authors and proofreaders. Services offered by Supertext include revision and proofreading, text creation, translation and adaptation. The API allows users to get quotes and submit job orders. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML or JSON.

Tweet ArchivistTweet Archivist API: Tweet Archivist is a service that lets users search Twitter for Tweets by sender, recipient, object of reference, or contents. Users may then create an archive based on that search which they can analyze, export, and share. Users may choose to keep the search private or share the results with friends, colleagues, or the world. Users may create a maximum of three active archives.

The Tweet Archivist API enables users to visualize the data collected in their archives. Available visualizations include volume over time, top users, Tweet vs. Retweet, top words, top URLs, and source of Tweets.

WuBook WiredWuBook Wired API: WuBook is an online booking service allowing hotels to support online booking and sync Internet Distribution Services. Wired!, the WuBook API, provides a web services framework for developers to integrate WuBook into 3rd party applications.

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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