January 22, 2016
Single purpose API
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Facebook is starting to approve additional "actions," verbs that let users go beyond Like. Developers can use Facebook timeline actions via the Facebook Graph API, but only if approved by the social network. Social shopping platform AddShoppers received approval for "want" and "own" and even has some Like-like buttons for those actions.
Kontagent has stepped up to offer developers, data analysts and designers a chance at taking home $10,000 in their Big Data Challenge, which is already underway. The goal of the contest is to take the collection of data sets at Toronto's open data portal and make something compelling and insightful. What better incentive than $10,000 could you get for directing your midnight hacking sessions?
Yahoo is weighing its options with its blog-based social network tool MyBlogLog and has not ruled out closing down the site--and its API (our MyBlogLog API profile). When the MyBlogLog API launched, it looked to have a promising future, though this was before Facebook and Google released similar features.