October 20, 2016
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There's always been a little annoyance on the end of affiliate APIs, those that pay developers money for referring buyers. In exchange for a potential sale, developers have to send their users to the company's site to complete the transaction. In the future, many of those purchasers will be able to remain using the developer's application for the length of the sale. We're a step closer to that future with a new release from API management company Mashery (a ProgrammableWeb sponsor). Mashery customers can now process transactions through their APIs, which means the potential for applications with lower barriers between a customer and a sale. And yes, that little annoyance at the end of affiliate APIs could be going away.
Blippy and Swipely both launched fairly recently with the hopes of making spending a social experience. Both services are very similar in that they both allow you to connect your bank and credit card info, as well as other accounts like iTunes and Amazon. After you've set everything up, as you start spending, you have the option to share these purchases with everyone. And now you can extend that sharing with the Blippy API.