One of the bigger challenges with anything involving APIs is scale. As the number of APIs proliferate, the scalability demands from a management perspective become increasing untenable. Nowhere does that become more apparent than when dealing with mobile computing applications.
I thought the social network space was filled up by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, kind of like how online bookstores have been dominated by companies led by Amazon. Sure, there are new social network competitors, but we grok the beast. But just when LinkedIn seemed to define the boundaries of social networking, Instagram comes out of nowhere and suddenly we understand less than we thought. Far from set in its ways, of social networking is being rocked by waves of game changers. In an article in Fortune, HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes serves up 7 contenders to watch in 2013.
Zapier automates tasks between online services and APIs. Zapier provides seamless integration between almost 200 different web services. Additionally, Zapier just launched a new API Status Board. The API Status Board helps developers uncover downtime for any of the APIs Zapier integrates. Zapier co-founder and CEO, Wade Foster, told PW: "[W]e typically catch outages even before vendors are reporting them."