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Facebook this week introduced two major sets of developer tools for interacting with its various services. The company released a new software development kit for Apple's Swift programming language, and added lots of new features to its Graph API 2.7. Both toolsets are available in preview form.
Gnip's Audience API promises to let brands and marketers glean real-time, in-the-moment data about audiences that convalesce around topics, events, or other users. The idea is to give companies as much information as possible about those with whom they might want to engage.
Snapchat, which recently surpassed Twitter in daily usage, has unveiled an API that allows advertisers to purchase Snapchat ads programmatically and at scale. Part of a broader launch of new ad offerings, Snapchat's Ads API could help the company grow its ad revenue and pave the way for an IPO.
After originally launching v4 of the Facebook SDK in 2015, Facebook has now announced the end of support date for v3. Starting June 1, 2017, Facebook will no longer support v3. Older versions will continue to operate; however, developers will lose support and access to new features.
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.
Twitter has announced major changes that will alter the way the company calculates 140 characters. Certain attachments, URLs, and handles will no longer count towards the character limit. Changes will allow users to use more words, and developers must prepare for the upcoming changes.
Facebook has rewarded a 10 year-old boy from Finland with a $10,000 bounty for discovering an authentication-related vulnerability in the Instagram API that could have enabled a hacker to delete comments of any user on the popular social photo sharing service even without an Instagram account.
Facebook announced v2.6 of the Graph API. The version updates a number of Facebook services including Messenger, Facebook Live, Reactions, Video, Rights Manager, Facebook Ads, and Sharing across devices. As the backbone of Facebook's developer platform, Graph API updates draw much attention.
Facebook today unveiled a range of new tools for developers at its F8 developer conference. The Live Video API promises to bring video streaming to more cameras around the world, while the Account SDK shoots for easier app logins, and 'Agents' aims to bring bots to Messenger.
Social learning platform A Cloud Guru helps cloud professionals learn and prepare for AWS certification exams. The platform grew to 40,000 users within 6 months, and its founders attribute that growth to their serverless approach that has influenced the mindset of the entire company.
Swipebuster is using the private Tinder API to obtain Tinder user data. Swipebuster can find out if a specific person is using Tinder and can provide the most recent date that person used the Tinder app. Other companies that have had private APIs reverse engineered include Uber, SnapChat, and Tesla.
Twitter has added alt text support to Twitter Cards and the Twitter REST API. Alt text is an important piece of metadata for those who are visually impaired as screen readers and browsers use alt text to explain to visually impaired users the content of each image on a web page.
Twitter launched Twitter Kit in 2014: a set of tools app owners use to integrate Twitter data and functionality. Since then, Twitter Kit adoption soared and Twitter increased its functionality. The v2.0 release constitutes the first major revision and a platform for expanded functionality and use.
Twitter has cut Emojitracker's access to its Streaming API, causing its creator, Matthew Rothenberg, to announce that he will shut the service down in April. Emojitracker provides a real-time visualization of emoji symbol usage on Twitter and has tracked some 14 billion emoji tweets.
Being, an iOS app that allows users to browser Instagram as someone else, has had its access to the Instagram API cut off. In the first week following its launch, Being reached the Best New Apps section of the App Store's front page and was used to view more than 500,000 Instagram feeds.
In response to developer feedback, Twitter will soon add semantic versioning to its Ads API so that developers can more easily deal with new and deprecated features. Additionally, Twitter is increasing the time it supports deprecated versions of the Ads API from 30 to 90 days.
Facebook has released the first set of docs for its Python Ads API SDK. The Docs were pulled directly from the SDK to maintain technical accuracy and consistency with code changes. The docs directly mirror classes within the SDK. Each doc contains Fields, Methods, and Code Samples.
A new API from Facebook will deliver recommendations to advertisers. The feedback should help advertisers create more successful campaigns. Facebook is offering insights on what works and what doesn't to help advertisers navigate the ins and outs of advertising on Facebook.
A look at the new U.S. General Servisces Administration's Digital Registry API which compiles all 6,000+ social media accounts managed by U.S. Government agencies, and a look at six ways external developers can make use of the API to build innovative products and create new analytics services.1
Google has long fielded complaints of sign-in requirements associated with Google Play Games. The Google+ requirement and multiple sign-ins required for multiple games has been a hotbed of frustration. Google announced the end of both requirements as part of a Google Play Games API model change.