The Latest News On The API Economy
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Ten APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Translation, Human Resources, and Social. Highlights include an API to integrate with data from DaniWeb online developer community, and an API for time series data analysis. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Facebook introduced v5.0 of both its Graph and Marketing APIs. Most of the changes were to the Marketing API. The Marketing API includes a brand new API: the Ad Volume API. The API will help advertisers understand the number of ads they are running, and help comply with upcoming policy changes.
Facebook’s newly released update to the Messenger Platform includes new functionality, improvements to existing tools, while also deprecated legacy endpoints. Changes to the platform impact Click-to-Messenger Ads and provide new tools to encourage user engagement.
Vonage, a provider of cloud communication services, has announced a new API that is designed to provide developers with the tool necessary for creating and managing conversations across various messaging channels in real-time. The Conversation API is the latest addition to the Vonage API Platform.
Guidebook, providers of a platform for building mobile applications, unveiled an open-source API. Guidebook's API lets users extract valuable data and content that can then be pushed to custom mobile apps. A range of features, such as group discussions, social feeds, and more can be leveraged.
Instagram has announced an upcoming feature that will provide users with a simple way to manage which third-party applications have access to their personal data. The new in-app feature is expected to roll-out over the next six months and will increase visibility into how user data is being shared.
BuddyPress, provider of social network components for integration with WordPress, has recently announced the release of V5 of the popular plugin. This latest iteration includes an all-new BP REST API and a new BP Invitations API. Both new APIs aim to take full advantage of WordPress 5.0
Facebook has made several announcements this week that will benefit developers by expanding the ways that they can reach audiences beyond the social network’s walls. The announcements include upgrades to both the Audience Network SDK and the Facebook Live API.
Facebook is pitching its Off-Facebook Activity feature as the solution to its crushed reputation over transparency and lack of user data control. But, two major questions remain. Will the feature be enough for Facebook critics? Second, what impact will the feature have on the developer community?
In March of 2019, Facebook announced changes to the company’s advertising platform, these changes aim to reduce discrimination in job postings, housing ads, and credit ads. Developers will soon be required to comply with updated Marketing API standards based on these changes.
LinkedIn added an Audience Engagement feature to its LinkedIn Partner Program. Audience Engagement allows users to discover audiences, receive content recommendations, and benchmark content against competitors. LinkedIn offers the feature through API integration with limited launch partners.
In the wheel of social media data breaches, Twitter is the latest company to apologize and vow to do better. Last week, Twitter reported that it may have inadvertently shared private data with advertising partners against the wishes of its users. Twitter will now stop sharing such data altogether.
Facebook has recently announced the release of Graph API (v4.0) and Marketing API (v4.0). The changes to these APIs are highlighted by updates to webhooks, Business Asset Groups, and ad creation and editing. Ad Insights also gains new functionality that provides more granular insight into traffic.
Despite a barrage of headlines that could kill most companies, Facebook operates with near absolute impunity. To dissatisfied users who want out, it brazenly dangles an offer to take all their data before quitting so it can be uploaded to another service. We tested the veracity of that offer.
Before Facebook users consider an alternative social network, two things must be easily moved to that alternative; their friends and their data. Facebook's website advertises it will give you your data so it can be uploaded to another service. ProgrammableWeb puts that bold claim to the test.
As government regulators and consumers grapple with the extraordinary control and commercialization that Facebook exerts over personal data, and the extent to which Facebook has abused that privilege, a bigger question looms; what hope exists, if any for the emergence of a legitimate alternative?
GIPHY, the provider of a database and search engine for animated GIFs, has announced a new SDK that provides third-parties access to GIFs, stickers, and additional new content like GIPHY Emoji and Text. With this release, the company hopes to accelerate integration for third-party app developers.
Agora.io, a provider of voice, video, and live interactive streaming solutions, announced the release of the Agora Video Chat SDK for Unity. This new SDK will allow game developers to embed video chat directly into their games. With this release, Agora.io is now a Unity Verified Solutions partner.
Less than a month after Twitter introduced Twitter Developer Labs, a program where developers can test and provide feedback on new API features, Twitter has made its first two preview endpoints available under the program. The first two endpoints are GET/users and GET/tweets.
In an apparent effort to improve its developer relations, Twitter has announced its plans to build what it calls "the next generation of the Twitter API." The first step: a new program called Twitter Developer Labs, which will allow developers to test and provide feedback on new API features.