This how-to is a walkthrough on implementing the Ruby wrapper for the Bit.ly API. Written by Nasir Jamal, the tutorial gives step by step instructions on installation, authorizing client classes, how to shorten URLs, and more, all using "url_shortener," a Bit.ly Ruby gem that is open source on GitHub.
Social Data has become critical to developing business strategies, marketing brands and products, and gaining insights into consumers' thought processes and buying patterns. The availability of real-time social data, along with the growing trend of Data as a Service (DaaS), has led to the development of platforms that provide business-critical social data on demand. Many platforms not only provide access to streams of social data, but incorporate business intelligence (BI) technologies and analytics capabilities as well.
Wishpot typically brings "lists" to mind. With Wishpot's original service, users could create a single wish list from multiple sites. The service eliminated the need for a new list for every site in which a shopper was interested. Wishpot has now expanded the wish list experience into a full shopping experience with a new API framework that provides true social commerce (shopping/browsing through checkout from the same platform).
Well, maybe not forever. But Wednesday's announcement that popular iPhone photo app Hipstamatic can now post their snapshots directly to Instagram's photo sharing network is pretty huge. This marks the first time the Instagram API has allowed a third-party app to add content to its growing social network, clocked at 27 million registered users earlier this month. For developers who couldn't wait for Instagram to publish its API (resourceful hackers reverse-engineered the system back in December, 2010), this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.