According to a post from a Google engineer, intended to be private to the search giant's employees, the Google+ API was not ready at launch. Google's Steve Yegge also badmouthed the read-only, public API. When the company's new service was only two weeks old, I wondered whether the Google+ API was intentionally late. Maybe it was just truly late.
Facebook just announced its acquisition of SportStream. Although SportStream identifies itself as a "group of die-hard sports fans," the story underneath the acquisition truly represents an API story. Over the past few months, Facebook has been building its developer toolkit with an armory of new APIs and media partners have begun to flock to its new capabilities. The platform underlying SportStream, SportsBase, and its associated API will give Facebook greater visibility into sports-based conversations across the social media ecosystem.