“Hey Smitty, I got this guy’s email address. Can you do some digging and tell me more about ‘em? How much does he make? What are his hobbies? Oh, and I want to see pictures of his pet dog too. Can you do it?”
“Yea boss, I’ll get you your information, buckets full of it. I’ll make it rain!”
This is the imaginary old timey gangster context I imagine around the idea behind Rainmaker, its contacts service and Rainmaker API.
There are many ways for websites to tap into online social networking services to allow their users to connect with each other. Now, for publishers who want to add social network functions to already existing websites, Yahoo! has announced their new Updates API, a web service that provides permission-based access to the actions of any user with a Yahoo! account. As part of Yahoo!'s Open Strategy (Y!OS), this API essentially allows developers to treat the Yahoo! network as a social networking platform (for more on Y!OS see our coverage of the initial Y!OS announcement and their YQL launch).
Twitter Kit 3 was introduced as a standalone SDK earlier this year. Originally limited to Android and iOS, Twitter has expanded support to Unity. Whether its login authorization, in-game Tweets, or sharing, Twitter Kit for Unity might change the gaming landscape through more social capability.