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As various services like Facebook deal with competitors by packing more functionality into their apps, those apps are increasingly experiencing usability issues. In the old days of the API economy, outside developers could leverage a service's APIs to build something better. But those days are gone.
InternetNews.com's Kenneth Corbin recently wrote about the National Association of State CIOs conference, where White House science and technology adviser Beth Noveck spoke to attendees about opening up government processes to collaboration in an open source model. According to Corbin, Noveck hinted about an API-driven model that could produce citizen-created mashups and applications.
Stannp.com is a free app that allows users to quickly and easily create their own custom-made postcards. The company provides the Stannp API that allows developers to integrate this tool into other applications. By snapping a picture or using an existing image, the user has the option to customize the image with fun effects and add the finished product to their Facebook wall, email it to a friend or have it turned into a real postcard to be posted the same day.