With data being both more plentiful and accessible than ever, tools that help users quickly make sense of it become increasingly valuable. As expected, much of the data being used comes from social sites. We come across mashups that access this data and provide interesting ways of looking at it from influence circles, tweet impacts and search results. Here is a look at four that caught our attention.
Another day, another API... Keeping on top of all the APIs that have been made public to support the plethora of web services that are available these days can be a full time job. Yahoo thought so too, and so they created the Yahoo Query Language (YQL), which provides access to hundreds of web services with a single SQL like syntax. And now YQL supports Google Buzz.
Less than a month ago, Google made all public activities available via its "firehose." Last week, the search giant updated the Buzz API again with several interesting features, including a limited firehose, which is calls a "garden hose."