Today In APIs: Twitter API Clients ring in price increases, Bing Ads API updates and 10 New APIs

Romin Irani
Dec. 05 2012, 11:00AM EST

Tweetro+, a Twitter client raises prices due to Twitter API rules. Bing Ads API changes. Plus: Twitter launches a Timeline for its API announcements, Mocapay launches API token solution and 10 new APIs.

Twitter API Clients hike prices

The recent changes in Twitter API have so far focused on client applications that decided to pull support due to restrictive API terms. Lazyworm Applications that makes a Windows 8 based Twitter client, Tweetro+ found itself severely restricted by the new Twitter API rules, that limit each API client to a maximum of 100,000 user tokens. As a result of this, they have decided to switch from a free client to a paid client. The free version would have in all likelihood crossed the user token token and the company decided to balance it out with a paid version at £6.99.

Bing Ads API changes

BingIf you are Bings Ad API user and located in Canada, India, Singapore, UK, Ireland or France, you need to look any changing your code to be reading for the Landing Page by Match Type functionality, that is going to get rolled out by February 2013. You will need to change your code by February 1st to ensure continued ability to manage campaigns with Bing Ads APIs. For a list of changes refer to the blog post.

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10 New APIs

Today we had 10 new APIs added to our API directory including a european union value added tax number validation, an online survey service, a new zealand environmental data mapping service, a physical entropy for and from games, an online poster creation service, a global unique identifier generator and a random image generator. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

European VAT Number Validation European VAT Number Validation API: The European VAT Number Validation API provides a simple call to help developers validate European Union value added tax numbers through a RESTful API. This API uses data from the European Commission. Results are JSON or JSONP formatted.

ExaminareExaminare API: Examinare is an online survey tool. Examinare allows users to create online surveys to gather feedback and opinions from their customers and audiences.

The Examinare API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Examinare with other applications. Some example API methods include managing recipients, retrieving survey results, and managing and sending surveys.

Landcare Research Information ServiceLandcare Research Information Service API: The service provides a map-based interface to access data about environmental conditions in New Zealand. The provider maintains a repository of scientific datasets reporting measures of water and air quality, pollution, biosphere health, and other environmental conditions, and the service employs the Koordinates format to make the data available in a machine-processable interface with geolocation and mapping coordinates.
It supports direct queries to retrieve data directly along with mapping and spatial analyses via geographic information systems (GIS).

API methods support Web Feature Service (OGC WFS) protocols to create vector layers for import into GIS and other mapping applications. Methods also integrate with other New Zealand mapping functions providing topographic data, forestation and land-cover data, and other conditions.

Play Truly RandomPlay Truly Random API: Play Truly Random is a web service that provides physics-based random bits for games and interactive media, and derives randomness from game processes. Play Truly Random’s entropy bit pool is derived physical sources such as thermal noise analog electronic circuits, the radioactive decay, and atmospheric shot noise.
The Play Truly Random API provides a RESTful interface for retrieving bit pool data, submitting random bits, and tracking usage statistics.

PosterOvenPosterOven API: PosterOven is an online poster creation service. PosterOven offers multiple templates and designs for users to create their own PDF posters with their social media information and QR codes.

The PosterOven API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of PosterOven with other applications. Some example API methods include populating templates, creating posters, and displaying posters.

SetGetGo GUIDSetGetGo GUID API: The Guid API provides users with a simple GET call to generate a GUID. A GUID is a globally unique identifier stored as a 128-bit integer. The GUID API is a RESTful API built upon the Get/Set API specification.

SetGetGo Random ImageSetGetGo Random Image API: The Random Image API provides users with a simple GET call to generate a random image from the web. Users can specify image height and width, and have the option of generating a random Mandelbrot fractal image. Random Image is a RESTful API built upon the Get/Set API specification. Results are returned in JSON or JSONP format.

SetGetGo Random WordSetGetGo Random Word API: The Random Word API provides users with a simple GET call to generate a random word. Random Word is a RESTful API built upon the Get/Set API specification. Results are returned in JSON or JSONP format.

SetGetGo Simple CryptoSetGetGo Simple Crypto API: The Simple Crypto API provides users with a simple GET call to encrypt or decrypt plaintext. Encryption uses the 256 bit Rijndael algorithm. The Simple Crypto API is a RESTful API built upon the Get/Set API specification.

WonderflWonderfl API: Wonderfl is a online Flash building service. The site offers a platform to create Flash programs, collaborate with others, and learn more about Flash and code from the user community. The Wonderfl API allows users to query for users, user codes, projects, and other apps that are being worked on. The service uses REST calls and returns JSON. An API key is required for use.

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The hike in Twitter API Clients shouldn't be a surprise. The rise in popularity in Twitter and the fact that the platform has a less intrusive ad platform makes this social media giant a great target for building applications on top of. However, the more and more apps that are built on it, the more pressure that it is put on Twitter's infrastructure. While the restrictions on the number of pings may have deterred some developers in the past from further building apps, Twitter obviously has realized that it should delete those barriers...by charging them.