OpenSearchServer, a search engine API, has launched its first of many APIs to come: OpenSearchServer Screenshot API. The API's basic functionality enables the user to take a screenshot of any website. Users have multiple options regarding screen size and which portions of the screen to capture. The Screenshot API developed out of an open source project aimed at continued improvement across a number of search nuances.
Developers are often finding themselves as API providers in addition to consumers. The same is now true for me with my project, BuildaSearch. I recently released a BuildaSearch API for deeper site search integration, moving away from a more plug-and-play approach I took earlier on.
Technology blogger Mohamed Marwen Meddah wrote an interesting post recently on his StartUpArabia site: "The Importance of Having An API for Arab Startups". Mohamed notes that, thus far, relatively few Arab online startups have opened up their platforms through APIs. However, he believes that providing an API is crucial for Arab online services.