The Rise Of The APIs

Published: 10/18/2007 11:09:12 AM

Facebook made headlines a few months ago by launching its Application Programming Interface (API) allowing outside developers to create applications to market to its audience of millions.  MySpace is getting ready to do the same thing.

Although there is bound to be some hype and excess associated with this trend, I see it continuing.  What's interesting is that a graph published by O'Reilly Media - I don't have the link for it - shows that only a very few applications have proven to be successful at generating large usage on Facebook.  The long tail appears to be at work.

My prediction is that the more business-oriented network-type sites such as Plaxo and LinkedIn will join the API trend.  Plaxo has already joined OpenID, which is a platform that allows consumers to create a single ID that grants access to numerous database.  APIs are on the rise.

Don Jones



Don Jones
CEO, VentureDeal

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