This article is part of a 10-part series where we discuss interesting APIs that were added to our directory during 2016. Business and Productivity APIs are covered in this segment. The APIs were chosen by our researchers, by popularity according to website traffic, and by mentions on social media.
When I saw three new SMS APIs, Kinross, Oventus & Txttools added to our index I thought that I might as well dive into this telephony area a little more deeply. A few minutes of clicking and I learned just how ignorant I was about this space. My previous understanding of the texting service provider arena was based on limited exposure. I had only heard of Tropo & Twilio and I assumed that they were the main players with other SMS sites simply wrapping around them. It seems that just the opposite is true, and that there is a lot of fragmentation in this area.
Our API directory now includes 239 messaging APIs. The newest is the Parseco API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Twilio SMS API. We list 169 Twilio SMS mashups. Below you'll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of messaging APIs.