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ProgrammableWeb's Most Interesting APIs in 2016: Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Education API University NASA EarthIce And Fire

This article is part of a 10-part series about interesting APIs that were added to our directory during 2016. Entertainment and Education APIs are covered in this segment. The APIs were chosen by our researchers, by popularity according to website traffic, and by mentions on social media.

Twitter Kit Mixes Multimedia Into Quoted Tweets

Twitter today rolled out a new version of its Twitter Kit developer kit for Android and iOS that hopes to improve embedded tweets. The refreshed developer toolset handles more tasks automatically so you can sit back and look at how great your Twitter-enhanced content appears to others.

Google Introduces Web Share API

Google has introduced a Web Share API developers can use to enable sharing capabilities on sites. The API allows users to control how and where data is shared by enabling websites to call on the host platform’s native sharing capabilities. The API can only be used on websites with a secure origin.

Snapchat Unveils Ads API

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.

Twitter Tweaks 140 Character Calculation

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.