Foursquare is awesome for meeting up with friends - it notifies you when a friend checks in close by so that you can go meet them. But, sometimes a friend checks in while you're busy - at dinner, seeing a movie, etc. You want to hang out with them when you're free, but you won't unless you put in a lot of effort into co-ordinating plans for later. That's where HangoutLater comes in. When you checkin somewhere, HangoutLater notifies you on Foursquare that one or more of your friends have checked in close by recently. It then suggests a fun place between all of you where you guys can meet up when you're free.
In September ProgrammableWeb organized a track on social APIs at DataWeek. We were pleased to be supported in the effort by 3Scale. We also invited the company's Steven Willmott to share what he has seen within the rapidly-growing space of social APIs.
New technology and transportation applications have transformed the way commuters, delivery services, fleet operators, and travelers get places. Driving these applications are Transportation APIs, and developers can find hundreds of them in the ProgrammableWeb directory. Here are some highlights.
Factual Inc, a company founded by ex-Googler Gil Elbaz that is creating a collaborative data platform, announced extensions to its Factual APIs today that are aimed at improving the ability to target advertising and provide other geo-based capabilities in mobile applications. The three new APIs, Geopulse, Reverse Geocoder, and World Geographies, fill gaps and extend the scope of Factual’s API portfolio. But the way that Factual thinks about its APIs also holds lessons for anyone who is mapping out an API strategy of their own.
The Jawg API enables developers to programmatically retrieve map information, routing information, and sampled elevation data. Maps can be retrieved as raster images or vector images. This is useful...