June 28, 2018
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Perhaps your most important online network of business contacts is now programmable. LinkedIn launched its API (our LinkedIn API profile), which allows developers to access a user's connections and anyone's profile data, in addition to several other features. Though some are saying "finally," it's clearly not too late for LinkedIn, who aims to be the professional networking platform.
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.
Filmaster, a project started by two Polish movie addicts in 2008 has made moves that could catapult them into the big marquee. Filmaster takes it one step further than movie databases like IMDB and movie recommendation engines like Mombo by combining movies and recommendation with a complete community-based social experience. And to support all this, it has a website, mobile applications and a Filmaster API to fuel further adoption.