Today in APIs: Facebook Releases Graph API v 2.1

Facebook has released version 2.1 of its Graph API. The UK’s Office for National Statistics updates its API. Plus, an Office 365 API tools summer update.

Facebook Releases Graph API Version 2.1

Facebook has released version 2.1 of its Graph API and updated its Android and iOS SDKs. The new version is a big step forward because now all apps can interact with Facebook’s social graph. Additionally, the new version comes with nine new robust features including page mentions, total friend count, and many more. For a complete list of the updates, visit the changelog.


Facebook laid out a new plan for Platform changes at its f8 conference earlier this year. Version 2.1 makes good on Facebook’s new approach with changes via the API. Version 2.0 will be end of lifed on August 7, 2016. All apps still utilizing 2.0 will automatically upgrade to 2.1. For more information, visit the Facebook developer site.

The UK Office for National Statistics Upgrades API for Ease of Use

The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK agency charged with the collection and publication of national statistics related to the economy, population, and society of England and Wales, has upgraded its API for greater usability. Traditionally, the API returned calls purely in XML data format. The upgraded API offers JSON-STAT data, a more lightweight protocol.  

The ONS team explained:

“Because it uses simple clean JSON it is very easy for developers to work with using just the standard tools available in most modern OO languages.”

The new API is currently in beta, and ONS is looking for developer feedback. Interested developers can sign up for an API Key and give feedback at the API site.

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