Today in APIs: Tumblr in Gnip, the Daily Deal Ecosystem and 8 New APIs

Adam DuVander
Apr. 17 2012, 04:50PM EDT

The Tumblr firehose is now available via the Gnip API. A new daily deal API is focused on a new place: the deal sites themselves. Plus: API packaging, gambling in the cloud and 8 new APIs.

The First Tumblog Firehose

Tumblr has released what appears to be the first firehose for access to tumblogs, a form of blogging that is sometimes longer than microblogging, but also sometimes shorter. No matter the length, Tumblr content is now available via Gnip. No word on the cost of the firehose, which AllThingsD writes is "intended to help with brand monitoring, analytics and other projects."

Did You Know There is a Daily Deal Ecosystem?

SetsterSetster has released a new service aimed at purveyors of daily deals. The Setster API has been aiming itself at service industries in need of scheduling. Now it's taken that product and applied it to daily deal sites, as the press release explains:

Setster's new API allows daily deal companies to integrate Setster's scheduling solution both into their own website, as well as the websites of any participating merchants. As a result of this seamless integration, buyers are directed to schedule an appointment with the merchant as soon as a deal has been purchased. Available appointment windows are pre-configured by the merchants, allowing the allocation of specific times and dedicated service providers to deal with the demand of the promotion.

Scheduling was one of the examples of "lower-margin, high-value tools for merchants" that were mentioned in a recent Techcrunch post about GroupOn.

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8 New APIs

Today we had 8 new APIs added to our API directory including an online blog backup service, media management service, mobile backend platform, online survey service and mobile payment service. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

Carbonite Blog ImporterCarbonite Blog Importer API: Carbonite is an online backup service allowing users to make secure and automatic backups of their hard drives. Users can restore lost files and access their backups from any computer or internet enabled device. The Carbonite Blog Importer allows users to import their blogs and perform basic management of it. Methods include adding posts and comments, retrieving files, handling files and images and more. It uses SOAP calls and responses are formatted in XML.

DaletDalet API: Dalet is a provider of media asset management and digital production tools. These tools can be used for acquiring, cataloging, producing and distributing multimedia content. The Dalet API exposes functionality of the Enterprise edition of the software. This funcionality includes importing, updating and exporting media and metadata, media management such as conversions and transfers, task management functions such as notifications and assignments and more. The API uses REST and SOAP protocols and responses are formatted in XML. Full documentation is not publicly available.

Data-PlanetData-Planet API: The service compiles data on economic and social activities from hundreds of official sources, including several U.S. government agencies, and makes it available to support data display applications. Applications can access regularly updated datasets on financial markets, regions and geographical subdivisions, criminal activities, public health, and more. The service harmonizes data collected from diverse sources to simplify access within a single, consistent structure.

API methods support retrieval of data across 15 categories and by source, including U.S. government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, the World Bank, and others.

HoppioHoppio API: Hoppio is a mobile apps backend provider. With the backend, developers have access to unlimited data storage and user management features such as authorization and authentication. The API provides access to the full functionality of the service. Exposed methods include standard CRUD operations on objects and users, querying of the Hoppio backend, and authentication. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

LDSTech Community Services LDSTech Community Services API: The service provides access to records of the LDS (Mormon) church related to central and local congregation membership and organization divisions and activities. Major functions are separated as Church Member Information System (CMIS) and Church Directory of Organizations and Leadership (CDOL).

Methods under the CMIS support listing of members and households, both overall and for specific units within the church, along with validating membership by individuals and households. Methods under the CDOL provide listings of members within local units (stakes and wards) as well as subdivisions of the church organization and their leaders.

QualtricsQualtrics API: The service allows applications to integrate survey functionality, with specification of questions to ask, conditional display of questions depending on answers to prior questions, and aggregation and reporting of responses. It is intended to support academic research, customer service, preference polling, internal communications and employee feedback, and related functions.

API methods support creation of survey questions with a range of response options, designation of survey recipients (either individuals or panels), questionnaire display, and logging of responses. Methods also support retrieval of response data for analysis outside the system.

txtNation SMStxtNation SMS API: TxtNation is a mobile billing and SMS messaging provider. The txtNation Gateway can be used to deploy any mobile billing or messaging related services, including SMS based campaigns into existing platforms. The SMS Gateway enables businesses to facilitate SMS messaging between themselves and their mobile subscribers. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML.

WAC PaymentWAC Payment API: WAC is a mobile payment service application. Their products offer in-application payment services for mobile applications.

The WAC Payment API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of WAC Payment with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include managing account information, retrieving lists of payments, and managing payments.

Adam DuVander -- Adam heads developer relations at Orchestrate, a database-as-a-service company. He's spent many years analyzing APIs and developer tools. Previously he worked at SendGrid, edited ProgrammableWeb and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101.

Comments

Comments(4)

Hey Adam,

I too like the blog and the information provided, but must agree with the previous poster about the additions at the bottom. I feel the information provided is great, it just needs to be cleaned up a little bit. I will check out the links you left.

Enjoy the week!

Ryan