February 26, 2019
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Just how much are people talking about Justin Bieber? How ga-ga are they for Lady Gaga? Viralheat has a platform for tracking these sorts of social trends and now the data in over 4,000 searches is available for free. Today the company announced its new Social Trends endpoint for the Viralheat API.
Bike sharing, a common form of collective transportation outside the US, has started gaining traction in the US. A recent addition to the bike sharing scene, viaCycle, approaches the market differently than its competitors and hopes that its innovative approach will make it the Zipcar of bike sharing. viaCycle differentiates itself by combining the community aspect of bike sharing with "cutting edge IT." Within the IT competitive advantage lies the viaCycle API available for third-party app development.