Location-sharing service Foursquare was down most of Monday, apparently due to a database issue. No Foursquare website or apps were available. And with the API also down, third party applications were helpless. Yet, it's a good reminder to developers to plan for downtime and to providers to have communications in place to let others know about your service's issues when they arise.
Wicket Labs has come out of months of beta testing with its API monitoring and reporting product. The tool is designed to proactively catch API issues before issues lead to downtime in apps, sites, and systems. The live reports, called wickets, include easy to understand, color-coded scorecards.