Friday, August 17, 2007

Top 10 APIs for Web Mashups

Mashups are web applications that combine data from two or more external sources into an integrated experience. Content used in mashups is sourced from a third party via a public interface or API. Many people are experimenting with mashups using Microsoft, Google, eBay, Amazon, Flickr, and Yahoo APIs, which has led to the creation of Mashup Editors.

ProgrammableWeb is a great resource on mashups. Based on their latest stats the top 10 APIs for web 2.0 mashups of all time are:

However recently popular mashups also use these APIs:
  • Twitter - What are you doing?
  • Skype - create applications that work together with Skype
  • GeoNames - eight million geographical names available under free creative commons licence
Check out the full list with ~500 APIs on ProgrammableWeb and their tutorial on how to make your own web mashup!

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