December 9, 2015
Single purpose API
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Echo, best known for its online commenting tools, recently launched an ambitious service called StreamServer to aid brands in creating their own "white label" social media sites. Media brands like ESPN and Newsweek want to capitalize on the investment in their content. The problem is that the attention of consumers and lucrative revenue streams are focused on on social sites like Twitter and Facebook. Echo StreamServer API aims to tip the balance in favor of brands by offering the tools to forge scalable near real-time social sites of their own.
The Salsa Commons API is a REST and XML API that, as Salsa explains, "At it's simplest, using the Salsa API may consist of just a form placed on an external website ... At it's most complex, you could use a Ruby library to authenticate, pull down information on recent supporters and events, validate that data, change it, and submit it back to the node, while generating and displaying counts of petition signers -- all through the API."