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API Spotlight: FoodEssentials, Systran Link, and Bird Species With the Xeno-Canto API

Of the many APIs we published this week, twenty were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those twenty, which included the Gnip YouTube Comments API. The basic idea of the API is to aid social media managers with harnessing the value from users comments and applying those values in ways that will help the company.

Today in APIs: Facebook, Amazon and 13 New APIs

Today Facebook announced 60 approved partners for its Open Graph, which allows them to add actions to the Facebook Timeline. Amazon also added a new API to its cloud offerings, a homegrown NoSQL database. That was among the 13 new APIs on a busy day in APIs.

Gnip Selling Twitter Firehose Access, But You Can't Display Tweets

Social data aggregator Gnip is partnering with Twitter to provide access to the microblogging giant's firehose at various levels through its Gnip API, but only for analysis, not display. Additionally, Twitter is transitioning all "gardenhose" developers--those receiving 10% of the Twitter stream--over to Gnip's service. Twitter, which has carefully chosen firehose customers in the past, now can focus on its core product, rather than directly selling access to its users' data.

7 Rules of Thumb When You Build an API

Consuming APIs is something most developers--and even some non-developers--are doing most of the time. It's becoming more common to build an API, in addition to using them. For all of those of you who are just getting your feet wet with this process, data portability service Gnip has shared a few pointers to keep you on the straight and narrow.

Gnip 2.0: Full Data, XMPP, and a Revenue Model

Three months after its initial launch, much-talked-about data portability service Gnip has released version 2.0 of its API, as well as the first glimpse of a business model. As we covered back in March, Gnip's goal is to "connect Data Consumers to Data Publishers in a low-latency, highly-scalable standards-based way." Gnip is a sort of proxy that makes data from diverse Publishers--services like Delicious or Twitter, which create activity content--available in a unified format, and notifies Consumers--like FriendFeed or Plaxo--via a push interface when new data is available. The new version of the API adds full data delivery, XMPP support, and advanced data filtering.

Data Portability and Pushability with Gnip

Gnip today announced a much needed piece of the web services infrastructure - a proxy service that sits between Data Publishers (like Digg, Flickr, and Twitter) and Data Consumers (like Plaxo and MyBlogLog) as a means to make moving structured data between services more efficient, flexible and scalable.