Koala is a Ruby library for Facebook that allows developers to access the Facebook Graph API, REST API, OAuth validation, realtime updates, and test users. It supports JRuby, Rubinius, and REE in addition to multiple versions of vanilla Ruby.
LinkedIn, the social network for business, has announced an enhanced version of its People Search API. While the V1 Search API contained some powerful and easy-to-use features, the latest additions for the new API are quite impressive.
Hootsuite added to its API portfolio with the Interaction History API. The API allows developers to monitor social media exchanges of its app users and other social media profiles. The goal of the API is to provide more context to social media exchanges. The API has Twitter and Facebook endpoints.
With President Barack Obama being sworn into office for a second term a lot of thoughts will naturally turn to how narrow his re-election actually was. The president did surprisingly well by carrying a much larger number of swing states than anybody thought possible. But each of those victories only came about because the turnout for the president was much higher than most anyone has expected in those states with the possible exception of the team of programmers that build the social media applications for the Obama for America campaign.