At the beginning of 2011 we reported that Collect had decided to drop it's API in order to change their offering to something more profitable. But now ReadWriteWeb have reported the disappointing demise of Collecta. This has the potential of being the first big failure of a well funded real-time web focused company, so questions need to be asked about why this happened and why Collecta weren't successful. Back in January of this year we asked "Is It Finally the End for Real-time Search Engines?" and it now looks like that very question is being raised again.
Now with almost two years in operation, custom analytics cloud platform Keen IO believe they have both a strong analytics product for existing customers, and the potential to quickly move into emerging market domains in the years ahead. Their strategy? To win over developers first, and let the developers evangelize back to end customers. The company provides the Keen IO API to help businesses process information by defining each piece of data as an event that can be catalogued and analyzed.