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How Top Social APIs Use Social Media

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?

Interview: API-driven Branding with Google Plus

Expion, a Social Media Management System (SMMS) company, specializes in helping companies manage their brand images on social networks, from Facebook to Youtube to Twitter, often relying on partners' APIs to pull of some of their more interesting feats. Most recently, it was chosen by Google as a Google Plus API partner for the brand-focused Pages feature.

Google Plus API One Year Later

It's been a year since developers were underwhelmed by the first release of the Google Plus API. The search engine's nascent social network has gained in popularity and even improved its developer tools, but it is still lacking the main feature many developers request--a writable Google Plus API.

The Writable Google Plus API Developers May Not Want

It's been ten months since the Google Plus API was released and over a year that the platform itself has existed. And still there's no way to write content into Google Plus. Or is there? Though it didn't make the major Google I/O announcements, the search giant did release a sort-of writable Google Plus API for developer preview. It's just not the writable API we all expected.

Google API Announcements from Google I/O 2012

Last week we attended Google's developer conference, along with over 5,000 others. The company was so rife with announcements that many didn't make it to the keynote stage. That was the case with just about all of the API updates, including a handful of impressive new features in the popular Google Maps API.

Best New Mashups: Mashups using Google Plus

We all know about Google Plus. We've talked about it here and here and it's been covered in a million other places. Today though, we're not concerned with how it stacks up to Facebook. Instead we just want to look at the cool things being built with the Google Plus API. These mashups all use Google Plus to support shopping, news aggregation and even other social networks.

5,000 APIs: Facebook, Google and Twitter Are Changing the Web

Our API directory has hit another major milestone. We now list 5,000 APIs, just a short four months since passing 4,000. No longer is the web simply about links connecting one site to another. Instead, developers are using tools to connect data and functionality from one site to another site. It's an incredible transformation that has happened over a very short period of time. APIs are at the heart of Google's strategy and they led directly to the growth enjoyed by Twitter and Facebook.

Google Gets Less Social With Two More Closed APIs

Google continues to clean its API house, knocking another couple APIs into the dustbin. Google Social Graph API was launched in 2008 with high hopes of an open social standard. The Picnik API is a photo editing service that Google acquired and incorporated into Picasa and most recently, Google Plus.

Suitts Me Trumps 70+ Applications to Win at API Mashup Contest

The API Mashup Contest that invited developers from Central Europe or Germany to submit Mashup ideas or applications has announced its results. The contest saw a huge response from developers and more than 70+ mashup applications were submitted for consideration. In the end the winning applications were a social shopping network, a hotel finder and an application using the Google+ API to help users find interesting people.

One API for the Web, Oh the Possibilities

The API landscape is an extremely well chronicled and championed space. Every product has its own API nearly, and developers still get excited about digging into the newest, greatest data on the market. It’s the developer equivalent of having to have the newest Apple gadget, right when it becomes available. In our zeal to access more and more data though, we’ve forgotten what working with data is supposed to be all about.