Today in APIs: SeatGeek, Graph APIs and 18 New APIs

Adam DuVander
Mar. 01 2012, 06:32PM EST

SeatGeek is ready to fork over a generous revenue share to developers using its SeatGeek API. Graph APIs aren't just for Facebook anymore. Plus: Facebook mobile hackathon, monetizing games and 18 new APIs.

SeatGeek Goes 50/50 With Devs

VentureBeat explains how SeatGeek added an affiliate program to its API:

As the world’s biggest ticket search engine, New York based SeatGeek has built the mother lode of data about live events, everything from sports to concerts. Today it’s announcing the launch of a SeatGeek developer platform that will allow anyone to tap into that information and, more importantly, collect affiliate fees for any ticket sales that happen through their website or app.

SeatGeek co-founder Jack Groetzinger... offers this example of how the platform might work. A popular music blogger in Seattle writes about undiscovered local talent and the best big name shows that are touring through town. With the SeatGeek API, that blogger could start showing their audience when and where the best time is to buy for upcoming concerts connected to these posts. For current partners, which include the massive concert site Pollstar and the local calendar startup Gtrot, that has worked out to $170 for every one thousand referrals.

SeatGeek estimates current affiliates make $11 per sale generated.

Hacking the Health Graph

An introduction to the RunKeeper Health Graph is embedded above.

Family Graph Contest Voting

And for another kind of graph API, check out the MyHeritage Family Graph API to explore genealogy. It just concluded a contest, but there's a public voting phase. MyHeritage explains the voting:

The finalists are listed on the contest page and readers are invited to vote now, through March 14. Simply visit the page, try out the apps, and vote for your favorite using the Facebook Like buttons. We'll announce the winner on March 15.

There's a great collection of apps there and the winner will get $10,000.

API News You Shouldn't Miss

18 New APIs

Today we had 18 new APIs added to our API directory including a mobile payments service, data and analytics service, Twitter e-commerce service, fuel-conserving mapping service, food delivery application, cloud storage and backup service, mobile application backend service, multi-file snippet sharing service, diesel fuel price information service and mobile advertising network. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

AerapayAerapay API: The service enables payment from a user's mobile device directly to an application provider. When the user approves payment, the service accesses the credit balance stored on the device and transfers the approved amount directly to the application's designated account. It aims to streamline e-commerce and online payments without delays or costs due to intermediaries.

API methods support submission and retrieval of customer information, products available for purchase, promotional contacts to generate sales, invoicing, and payment for purchases. Methods also handle account management and messaging configuration.

BigMLBigML API: BigML is a service for cloud-hosted machine learning and data analysis. Users can set up a data source, create a dataset, create a model from the dataset, and then make predictions based on the data.

The BigML API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of BigML with other applications and to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; API access comes with account and service.

ChirpifyChirpify API: Chirpify is a service that allows users to turn Tweets into transactions. Chirpify offers functionality for Tweets to become payments, sales transactions, donations, and other eCommerce transactions.

The Chirpify API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Chirpify with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include integrated eCommerce functionality into applications, receiving real-time payments over Twitter, and scheduling automatic Tweets. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here http://chirpify.com/twitter_commerce/contact.

eco:Speedeco:Speed API: The service provides fuel-conserving route and speed information for travel worldwide. An application provides input about the destination and desired route as well as desired energy savings, and the service returns an optimal route and projected fuel use. It can also provide on-going navigation, route tracking, and fuel-consumption updates.

API methods support submission of route parameters such as location, distance, direction, grade, and road type as well as vehicle information (weight, occupants, fuel type, etc.). The API returns specifications for an optimal available route and projected fuel conservation results.

Food2uFood2u API: Food2u is an application that allows users in Spain to order food from restaurants that are near their location. Food2u locates restaurants in the user's vicinity, shows the results, and users can choose what they want to order and from where and place the order for delivery.

The Food2u API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Food2u with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include searching and retrieving restaurants, retrieving menu items, and placing orders.

LivedriveLivedrive API: Livedrive is a cloud storage and backup service. Livedrive allows users to upload files to the cloud for storage and sharing, as well as syncing. Livedrive also offers backup services.

The Livedrive API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Livedrive with other applications. Some example API methods include managing users, creating backups, managing backups, and managing accounts.

MasterbranchMasterbranch API: Masterbranch is an online platform where developers can showcase their development skills and employers can hire developers for jobs and projects. Developers can keep a profile that outlines their coding skills. Employers can post projects and jobs, as well as search developers.

The Masterbranch API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Masterbranch with applications and to create new applications. An example API method is returning developer profiles.

mobDB.netmobDB.net API: mobDB is a backend service for mobile applications. mobDB offers server solutions for mobile applications, as well as push notification systems and analytics reporting.

The mobDB API allows developers to access the functionality of mobDB to create new applications. Some example API methods include managing accounts, managing users, and accessing analytics reports.

PlunkerPlunker API: Plunker is a service that allows users to post and share multi-file snippets on the web. These snippets can also be viewed, updated, and deleted.

The Plunker API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Plunker with other applications and to create new applications. Example API methods available are creating a "plunk," updating a "plunk," reading a "plunk," and deleting a "plunk."

Rogers LocationRogers Location API: Rogers is a leading provider of Wireless, Digital Cable TV, High Speed Internet and other mobile phone and data services throughout Canada. Catalyst is a third party developer program giving developers a space to build their products using Rogers' assets including SMS, LBS, and Carrier Billing APIs.

The Location Services API allows developers to use their applications to request the geographic position of a subscriber using network based positioning methods. The API uses both REST and SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

Rogers PaymentRogers Payment API: Rogers is a leading provider of Wireless, Digital Cable TV, High Speed Internet and other mobile phone and data services throughout Canada. Catalyst is a third party developer program giving developers a space to build their products using Rogers' assets including SMS, LBS, and Carrier Billing APIs.

The Payment API allows developers to use third party applications to charge services to a subscriber invoice, process payments, grant refunds and manage subscriptions. The API uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

Rogers PrivacyRogers Privacy API: Rogers is a leading provider of Wireless, Digital Cable TV, High Speed Internet and other mobile phone and data services throughout Canada. Catalyst is a third party developer program giving developers a space to build their products using Rogers' assets including SMS, LBS, and Carrier Billing APIs.

The Privacy API allows a developer to use a third party application to ask an end user for permission to retrieve their location from the network. The API uses RESTful protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

Rogers SMSRogers SMS API: Rogers is a leading provider of Wireless, Digital Cable TV, High Speed Internet and other mobile phone and data services throughout Canada. Catalyst is a third party developer program giving developers a space to build their products using Rogers' assets including SMS, LBS, and Carrier Billing APIs.

SMS API enables a third party to send and receive SMS messages. The API uses REST and SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

Rogers User ProfileRogers User Profile API: Rogers is a leading provider of Wireless, Digital Cable TV, High Speed Internet and other mobile phone and data services throughout Canada. Catalyst is a third party developer program giving developers a space to build their products using Rogers' assets including SMS, LBS, and Carrier Billing APIs.

The User Profile API allows developers to build systems that can determine if a user is an active Rogers or Fido subscriber. An Enhanced User Profile (EUP) API allows third-party applications to access Rogers’ subscriber profile information using either customer telephone number or IMSI. The API returns the subscriber’s class of service, mobile phone number and some other attributes. The API uses both REST and SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

SäsongmatSäsongmat API: The service provides Swedish-language content about seasonal availability of foods in Sweden and the region. When foods are naturally available, they can be supplied with the least environmental impact while they are also least expensive and quality is highest. The service seeks to help consumers to maximize their uses of seasonally products by giving access to a database of foods and sources.

API methods support retrieval of content on raw (unprocessed) food products specified by name, EAN-13 bar code, or PLU code. Methods also allow specification of a region where foods are grown, harvested, or produced. Methods also allow applications to update the database with new information about food products. A plug-in for the WordPress blogging platform is available, and data can be retrieved with semantic markup.

SoftModal Diesel SoftModal Diesel API: The service republishes reports from the U.S. Department of Energy documenting retail prices for diesel fuel in a machine-readable format. DOE makes its weekly survey results for on-highway fuel prices available for bulk download but does not expose the data for application access. This service fills that gap to support planning for transportation fleet operations.

API methods support requests by date (defaulting to the current date) and region. It returns DOE's reported average price for survey results matching the request parameters.

VservVserv API: Vserv.mobi is a leading mobile advertising network that offers Mobile App and Mobile Web advertising for mobile developers, publishers and advertisers. Vserv provides an HTTP based API to application developers to fetch ads to be rendered within mobile applications or on properties like wap pages. Response formats are either an image or text.

YourMembership YourMembership API: The service enables management of member lists, subgroups, and other functions of clubs, interest groups, not-for-profit associations, and similar membership organizations. It establishes a platform for social engagement among members, including granular management of connection networks. Members can post wall updates, upload media galleries, and communicate via messaging functions.

API methods support retrieval of member lists and profiles, member record creation, and updates to profiles and member data. Methods enable messaging functions like in-box management, read/unread status, etc. The API also supports tracking members' financial histories with the organization.

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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