Video: the Rise of Social APIs

Adam DuVander
Nov. 05 2012, 12:00AM EST

The growth in APIs is rapidly expanding. That's clear. Social has out-paced overall API growth and in the last year settled in as a major trend. Sure, there are big names, like the Facebook API and Twitter API. There are also newcomers like Google Plus and Pinterest. There are now well over 800 social APIs, helping developers capitalize on humans' natural desire to communicate with each other.

ProgrammableWeb organized a whole track on social APIs at DataWeek in September. In the above video, ProgrammableWeb founder John Musser follows the growth of APIs and how social differs from the rest of the pack.

Video editing by Julienne Turner

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 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.