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Perhaps you're wondering which movie to see tonight? You could ask your friends on Twitter, or you could use Fflick to find out what they've already said. Fflick is a social movie review site, where the reviews come in bite-sized pieces from Twitter. The way its developers combine the reviews with other APIs and visuals shows how an excellent site can be built by bringing in content from elsewhere.
Semantic searching can retrieve results that surprise you, hopefully in a good way. So it seems like the natural means for discovery when you dont know what you want to find. Services like Jinni, a semantic discovery engine for movies and TV shows, is the perfect example.
The tagline of the Times Open blog is "All the news that's fit to printf()", and that clever play on the paper's motto gains more credence with each new API released. In February the Times introduced the Newswire API, which "provides an up-to-the-minute stream of published items" from the paper of record, and the New York State Legislature API for tracking the political maneuverings in Albany.