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5 web APIs worth looking at

Bookmarked => “Five APIs that developers should know about” by Patricio Robles on Econsultancy.

http://econsultancy.com/us/blog/6963-five-apis-developers-should-know-about

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Nice list. These all look to be very inspiring. Thanks!

That said, I’d like to add, I have had mixed experiences with trying to capitalize on APIs. For example, Ping.fm put their API on lock down and didn’t give any sort of warning. Now I have an app (i.e., kick ass WordPress plug-in) and can’t get any public keys for it. As a result of that gaff, I did some more searching and found HelloTxt.com and PixelPipe.com. Both a similar to Ping.fm. I have applied for dev access/keys for both and have yet to hear a peep back from either of them. Why say you have an API then?

I don’t mean to get off topic, nor do I mean to vent. My point is, an API is only good if it works. That might be stating the obviously, but for those of us who are new to APIs it’s worth mentioning that ultimately you are going to be at someone else’s mercy. That may or may not be a viable position to be in for the biz model you’re building. But if you’re betting the farm, it probably best not to bet it on the availability and stability of someone else’s API. At the very least be sure to have a Plan B, and maybe even Plan C.

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