March 30, 2015
Single purpose API
We’ve all heard it before. Be careful what you do on social networks because your employer, teacher, business partner or spiritual guru might find out about it. Well now they won’t just find out about it, they’ll ask you to please allow Reppify to access your social network information so that you can be evaluated. Reppify will create a report on you, based on your social network activity, and sum it all up in a numerical ranking. The Reppify API will allow this technology to be integrated into other social network monitoring services like RainMaker.
Six APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb library, including offerings from Meerkat, the live streaming service, and Stream by Dextro, for visualizing data from Periscope.
For a few days, Facebook was providing a user's phone number and address available, with the user's permission, via its Facebook Graph API. Likely fueled by distrust of Facebook's previous approaches to privacy, users and press reacted negatively to the concept. Based on this feedback, Facebook reversed its decision and neither phone or address is returned to applications at this time. Privacy is a big concern, especially for APIs, but Facebook took appropriate steps for gaining user permission. The reaction to Facebook's platform change was an overreaction, which points to a need for more granular privacy controls and a better method of granting access.