Get Ready to Answer the Formspring API

Have you ever received one of those questionnaire emails? You know the ones I mean, 20 questions (or more), desperately seeking to find out inane details about your life and hopefully bring some email servers to a halt? I'm sure you've had one of those in your inbox at some point. That time is over. Now you can do it on Formspring.

For the uninitiated, Formspring is a beautifully simple web app for the self-obsessed. Preying on our desire to find out what we can about the people we follow through our various social networks, it encourages one and all to ask the questions we would probably never dream of asking. Tantamount to overt stalking in my opinion. But a wonderful idea nonetheless.

Built by the same people behind the now-renamed Formstack, it's amassed a huge following in a very short period of time. The long-awaited API is still under private beta, but developers can request a preview by filling out the registration form.

An iPhone client has already been built using the API and more apps are on the way. I'm intrigued to see what mashups spring up using this individual-centric Q&A platform.

Are any of you using Formspring? Do you think there's any benefit to opening it up via an API?

via Formspring Blog


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