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As various services like Facebook deal with competitors by packing more functionality into their apps, those apps are increasingly experiencing usability issues. In the old days of the API economy, outside developers could leverage a service's APIs to build something better. But those days are gone.
While the furor around Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal have died down, the world's largest social network continues to make changes to its APIs "to better protect people’s information". Today, it announced that a number of its APIs will only be accessible to apps that have been reviewed.
One of the more interesting views given by the directory is a look at what sectors are seeing the most growth in APIs. The directory data model allows for one primary category as well as multiple secondary categories and in this article we take a look at which categories are most represented.
Revelations that the now-defunct Cambridge Analytica collected data from as many as 87 million Facebook users’ focused congressional and public scrutiny on two main issues: privacy and competition. Most Americans seems to agree that we need progress on both fronts.
In the wake of a scandal that has led to the biggest backlash it has ever faced, Facebook has announced API and platform product changes that will have far-reaching consequences for developers. The changes include the need for developers to submit their apps to Facebook for review.
Previously we looked at APIs that readers follow the most using our tracking functionality. This time we measured the APIs readers show interest in by counting the number of times a user clicks an outbound link to a provider's site. This is a metric that may better signal developer interest.
Which APIs are the most popular with developers? There are a lot of ways to come to an answer; this month we are using our directory data to offer one. Every API in our directory has a track functionality and by looking at the data we can see which APIs our readers have shown the most interest in.
Facebook has launched a new Continuous Live Video API that enables developers to broadcast long and persistent streaming video to the world's largest social network. Previously, Facebook Live streams were limited to 90 minutes, but thanks to the new API, third parties can broadcast longer events.
APImetrics’ second API Performance Report highlights the importance of considering end-user location and intended platform before selecting a cloud services provider. Facebook’s performance was affected by the September outages, which put it behind Twitter and Tumblr for speed and reliability.
For their first Rankings Report, Devpost published the most popular technologies used at student hackathons throughout 2014/15. Here we look at the most popular APIs by category.
A software engineer is urging Facebook to implement additional security measures to help prevent hackers from using one of Facebook’s APIs to harvest users’ personal data.
Zuckerberg spoke about “Facebook's family of apps” backed by a stable and secure infrastructure, and launched a new app development platform called the “Messenger Platform” at F8.
Social APIs span a wide range of capabilities and meet wide-ranging criteria for organizations. These APIs rank among the best in the category.
Facebook apps using the current Open Graph API will break on April 30, 2015. Facebook emailed iPod and iPad developers to explain why their apps will break if they wait until the deadline to upgrade to Graph API v2.0.
An untold number of Pinterest users were breached on June 4, 2014 as a part of a sophisticated attack designed to skim confidential information from their Facebook friends and Twitter followers. So far, Pinterest has failed to fully remedy the situation or even acknowledge that the attack happened.
Facebook has released Conceal, a set of Java APIs for fast encryption and data authentication. Conceal was developed to encrypt large data files (e.g., SD cards) on Android. With the release, Facebook targets older Android devices with less memory and slower processors. Facebook currently deploys Conceal to help protect users' private data and is now launching its functionality to the developer community.
There are a number of ways to discuss API popularity. Our metrics are based on developer engagement. The "track" functionality on ProgrammableWeb lets developers declare an interest in receiving updates on particular APIs. Which APIs and categories are seeing the most activity.
Facebook just announced its acquisition of SportStream. Although SportStream identifies itself as a "group of die-hard sports fans," the story underneath the acquisition truly represents an API story. Over the past few months, Facebook has been building its developer toolkit with an armory of new APIs and media partners have begun to flock to its new capabilities. The platform underlying SportStream, SportsBase, and its associated API will give Facebook greater visibility into sports-based conversations across the social media ecosystem.
As companies, organizations and professionals become more and more interconnected via social networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, a new trend is beginning to emerge—social network data visualization. This article shows you how to make a data visualization of your own.
There are over 1,000 social APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory. The big names in that list, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Twitter, are also amongst the most popular public APIs overall. Since other API providers look to these leaders for examples in engaging with developers, I thought it would be useful to see how each uses a common communications medium. That's right, how do the social APIs use social media themselves?
A new Facebook Keyword Insights API has been made available to a select range of media partners in the United States, allowing registered developers to create finer-grain, real-time data analysis of popular reactions to the latest news, sport and pop culture stories.
Today in APIs: Buffer Enables Scheduled Posting to Google+, Facebook Updates Android SDK, and 10 New APIs
Buffer creates scheduled posting via Google+'s new API. Facebook updates its Android SDK, catches up with its iOS SDK. Plus: SOA and API management markets may be merging, the two syllables barred from app titles on Instagram are "Insta" and "gram", and 10 new APIs.
Facebook updates iOS app to include hashtags and more. Path adds 13 more partners to Nike. Plus: XiLi Mobile to use Google Maps for real estate app, Active Network's first public 24-hour "HACKTIVE", and 8 new APIs.
At the API Craft un-conference this week in Detroit, some of the best minds in the API business gathered to talk over the problems that plague us most. It was a unique event in that the agenda was set and run by the attendees in true meet-up fashion. Quakers will recognize the format – for the conference kick-off, the group sits in silence until someone is moved to suggest a session. You suggest it, you run it and anyone who attends your session also participates in it. The sessions are true whiteboard brainstorming activities, with the outcomes posted into Github for future reading.
Facebook continues to be a popular platform with developers and the Facebook API is one of our top five most viewed profile pages. Today we'll take a look at some of the newer mashups to appear in our directory that make use of Facebook. These include a social exercise app, a social network for photographers and a word of mouth advertising system. Read below for more information on each of these.
The Facebook Platform for Mobile makes a push to help developers write better social apps. Hello Social aims to simplify Social Media Marketing campaigns. Plus: First Cleanweb Hackathon in the Pacific Northwest and 7 new APIs.
Facebook provides API to manage comment threads. Google SMS and voice integration. Plus: Gnip adds six new social data sources available via Public API and advertising and In-App Messaging APIs added to the AT&T API Platform.
Twitter to demonstrate platform integration features at developer event on April 2. Facebook Ads API now adds tracking specs. Plus: Documentation gets its own conference.
As Facebook is one of the major players and MessageMe is a new kid on the block, you would expect that the latter would be intimidated, if not crushed, by any direct attack from the social giant. In this case, it doesn't seem to be so. Despite Facebook recently cutting off MessageMe's access to the Facebook Friend Graph, the newcomer has since grown in popularity and managed to raise $1.9 million.
Facebook to MessageMe: Unfriend Graph. Plancast API open to Developers. Plus: Plixi Photo Sharing API to be shut down and M2M enterprise and the importance of APIs.
Facebook News Feed Changes does not bring about any API changes. American Airlines throws open its API to SXSW Attendees only. Plus: Philadelphia's first women only hackathon projects and crowdsourcing makes up for lack of API documentation.
Facebook boosts iOS SDK With better analytics. RightScale to offer first level support for Google Compute Engine. Plus: Google launches Sign In with Google Plus, Dribbble API gets a jQuery plugin and 11 new APIs.
Facebook Graph API breaking changes go into effect tomorrow Feb 6th. AWS uses its own Simple Notification Service (SNS) to push RDS events to DBAs. Plus: Microsoft Health Valult sees a new release and updated SDKs and 12 new APIs.
Facebook Platform Updates include restricting content by age and new ad guidelines. Temboo API provides a common way to access 100+ APIs. Plus: Google puts code of all its Cloud offerings on Github and 17 new APIs.
Today in APIs: Facebook Instagram Traffic Confusion, New Benchmark for AngelList API and 13 New APIs
Facebook removes Instagram app usage metrics from its API. AngelList's API is now handling over 3 million requests each day. Plus: Expedia's partnership with Room 77 begins to pay off, Codecademy offering API-focused lessons and 13 new APIs.
3scale discusses their fundamental principle behind any API and what needs to be considered when creating an API. Facebook promises developers that they'll make breaking changes on an easier to anticipate schedule. Plus: Cloud computing's seven deadly sins and 4 new APIs.
The world's largest social network gets a bad rap for changes to its Facebook API. Developers complain that their apps break and even called it the most broken API in a survey. Yet the company has worked to change that and today vowed to only announce "breaking changes" every quarter. You'll only need to scramble to fix your app four times per year.
Today In APIs: Facebook API adds Brand Page Metrics, Google Drive powered Holiday Gifts and 15 New APIs
Facebook API updates now allow brand page metrics and comparison across brands. Do your last minute shopping with customized gifts powered by Google Drive files. Plus: Foursquare improves Recommendations with mashup of Facebook and Foursquare data, hypermedia APIs on Rails and 15 new APIs.