In the densely populated world of social media, it can become difficult for businesses to identify who best to engage with in order to achieve what they need to on the web; it’s hard to tell the real experts and the influential from those who simply aren’t. Little Bird is a platform that exists to tackle this issue. The service provides tools that allow users to quickly identify and engage with the right experts in their relevant fields, and in so doing, take the necessary steps towards building that respected expert status themselves. Little Bird also provides the Little Bird API that allows developers to use this service and integrate it with other applications.
After our recent look at the growth of social APIs, we thought we'd look back at the history of the category. We added the Plazes API in September, 2005. In terms of the web, this is recent history. In terms of APIs, we might as well be looking at scrolls. In fact, less than half of the first 10 social APIs are still alive today. Below you'll find a list of those trailblazing 10, along with a status for each of them.