July 19, 2015
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The growth in APIs is rapidly expanding. That's clear. Social has out-paced overall API growth and in the last year settled in as a major trend. Sure, there are big names, like the Facebook API and Twitter API. There are also newcomers like Google Plus and Pinterest. There are now well over 800 social APIs, helping developers capitalize on humans' natural desire to communicate with each other.
Google's latest API purports to let developers determine where you are and approximate what you might be doing, and then suggest actions based on that data. The Awareness API will give apps the intelligence they need to act automatically and independently to delight end users.
The Facebook Graph API is great and in one year has thoroughly upgraded Facebook's approach to its platform. The Graph API is much simpler than previous iterations of Facebook's APIs and Connection methods. Of course, with the simplicity of the Graph API, it's still easy to get overwhelmed by just how much information you can easily (with explicit and secure user permission, mind you) get access to and use in your apps. Facebook employee Simon Cross put together a handy Facebook Graph API Explorer to help you navigate the Graph API response content.