Yahoo offers an SDK in Objective C language to integrate social features in iPhone devices. Because some users prefer a portable device, this kit can help to create applications to connect using directories and lists of contacts. Requirements include Xcode development tools, OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or higher, and iPhone Sample Code. iPhone OS 2.0+ is optional. To develop, users can obtain a new client-based application ID and OAuth consumer key and secret. They can also access the sample code available on GitHub. The social directory part of the SDK contains 2 APIs and enables applications to include user profiles, interests, contact info, age, gender, location, and photo. Accessing the contacts API, projects can encompass features of social relationships between Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo Mobile, and third party applications.
Quick: Name that professional network with more than 50 million members. Did you guess... Viadeo? LinkedIn is larger, with over 175 million members. But Viadeo has upped it is game with its acquisition of Pealk, which bills itself as the #1 head hunting App on the web. According to the press release, that search ability is what Viadeo is after.
What would it mean to have a stripped down social network that was also secure? It would look like Tuenti, the social network out of Spain. To give an example of how seriously they take security, the Tuenti API is closed because "of our efforts to be the most private, secure social network on the market..." But if you play nice, they can make exceptions for commercial apps and games they have tested.
The New York Times has been gaining momentum in opening up its vast stores of information via APIs such as the TimesPeople, Article Search, and Real Estate APIs and mashups such as Represent (our coverage on Represent). Now the media giant has taken another step forward by implementing a new service that leverages its Newswire API (our Newswire API Profile).