Plazes is a location aware social network and search application. With Plazes, users can share their location with those people they want to know their location, while keeping their location private from those they don't. Users can also use Plazes to see what is happening near them and who is near them.
The Plazes API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality and data of Plazes with other applications. Some example API methods include retrieving locations, accessing location categories, and retrieving user activities.
After our recent look at the growth of social APIs, we thought we'd look back at the history of the category. We added the Plazes API in September, 2005. In terms of the web, this is recent history. In terms of APIs, we might as well be looking at scrolls. In fact, less than half of the first 10 social APIs are still alive today. Below you'll find a list of those trailblazing 10, along with a status for each of them.