Business-to-developer marketing, or B2D, is less familiar than B2C or B2B marketing but just as--if not more--important for API providers. This article outlines some of the challenges faced when engaging with developers, as well as advice for how to go where the developers are.
Google has announced its latest API with a haiku of all things:
New admin tool dawns
Settings change like the seasons
For hosted email
That's from Andrew Olsen of the Google Apps team, announcing the Google Email Settings API, which allows IT administrators at organizations that use the Gmail-based Google Apps hosted webmail solution to "programmatically update Gmail settings for their users in bulk by making requests to a GData feed." Previously, settings could only be changed manually, on an account-by-account basis.
Ten more APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including eCommerce, Auto, and Marketing. Highlights include the Sonos API for home sound automation and the Arcentry API for architectural diagram creation. Here's a look at what is new for developers.