Late last week we reported on Yahoo's decision to shut down two of its APIs: the Term Extraction and the Contextual Web Search (our profiles of the Yahoo Term Extraction API and the Yahoo Search API). But in response to outcry from the developer community since that announcement, it looks like Yahoo will be keeping the Term Extraction alive.
More often than not all it takes to start a revolution is somebody who is angry enough to change the status quo. Ever since the dawn of social media sites the predominant business model has been variations of the walled garden approach to content originally pioneered by America Online (AOL). Today that walled garden approach manifests itself in the form of APIs that have been locked down by social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.