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By any measure developers of mobile computing applications are having a tough time making a living. For the most part they have to give their applications away for either free or a nominal fee. They generally wind up sharing revenue based on the amount of advertising revenue their application generates. Of course, that revenue is totally dependent on how successful the application is. To help mobile developers ensure that kind of success Scringo today launched Developer Zone, which gives mobile developers the ability to download a variety of commonly-used features to boost end user engagement for free.
For the developer seeking to experiment efficiently with social APIs, O'Reilly's 2nd Edition of "Mining the Social Web" is a truly outstanding resource. Author Matthew A. Russell drops the developer right into the sandbox of each social network (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ are particularly emphasized, as you would expect) with just the right amount of explanation about what's accessible via each dataset, and then clears out all the obstacles so they can start data mining against very clear examples.
There isn't just one social graph, there are many. LinkedIn maintains your professional contacts, while Facebook has friends and family (and yes, often many professional). Twitter has some mix, as well, perhaps with a different filter. Aggregators take these disparate contacts and bring them into one place. A new service uses several APIs to merge them and give tools to better understand and utilize your network of contacts.