History of APIs - Birth through Social
10 Feb 2011We hear a lot of talk about companies that were pioneers in the API space. In an ongoing series we want to try to document the story behind these pioneers, and we are calling it History of APIs.
So far we've covered what we consider the early innovators of the modern web API:
The social period had one clear pioneer:
- Flickr - February, 2004
The next major players in the social period were:Twitter and Facebook obviously have come out as the clear leaders.
Google Maps definitely pushed the definition of what an API could do with their explosive mapping API that is the favorite of API mashups.
We'll continue to define how API pioneers changed the way we see the web into the API period dominated by cloud computing.
- History of APIs - Twitter (apievangelist.com)
- Instapaper API Goes Read/Write, But Only For Paying Users (programmableweb.com)
- History of APIs - Google Maps API (apievangelist.com)