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Thu, 28 Apr 2005 06:45:00 -0500
In his Thursday morning keynote at the MySQL Users Conference 2005, Google's Adam Bosworth suggested that we "do for information what HTTP did for user interface." Ten years ago, when he first started paying attention to the web, he was interested in the idea that he could zero install applications and that they could be accessed from anywhere at any time. He said that a personal computer to him is like a phone: it is a useful access point but it is not where he stores stuff.
Bosworth advocated an open model for data. Although he was not referring to open source, he expanded upon the example by explaining that customers like open source software because of the transparency. For many, they know what they are getting because they can read the source. For the most part, they do not actually read the source, but it is comforting to know that if the software doesn't work, you or someone else can fix the code if that is required.
Bosworth predicts that RSS 2.0 and Atom will be the lingua franca that will be used to consume all data from everywhere. These are simple formats that are sloppily extensible. Anyone who wants to can use these formats to consume content or to author content. Contrast this with the Semantic Web, which requires that you get a large group of people to agree on the schema of everything.
Fri, 15 Apr 2005 10:59:00 -0500
Textamerica has launched their developer api, along with a contest:
To help launch our new Developer Program we will pay $500 for each of the first 20 applications (with source code) based on this API which are developed by you, and which we deem to be the most useful to the Textamerica Community as a whole. This is not a contest but merely our way of showing our appreciation for what you do.
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With the Google Web APIs service, software developers can query more than 8 billion web pages directly from their own computer programs. The Google web search API uses the SOAP and WSDL standards.If you do a Google search for the letter a, the most common letter in the English language from Google's web site you will get 8 billion results. Now if you try this search from the Google API you only get 5.2 billion results.
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"Some possibilities might include:
- Generating automatic keyword, ad text, URL, and custom reports
- Integrating AdWords data with databases, such as inventory systems
- Developing additional tools and applications to help you manage accounts"
Code samples are provided in Java, C#, XML, PHP and Perl, with more emphasis on the last one. There's a discussion group for developers and a blog, though they're obviously not very busy places yet. They use an interesting quota system to throttle API calls based on ad spending.
Wed, 19 Jan 2005 04:33:58 -0600Sometimes you have to step back and look at the past in order to fully understand the present. That's what I'm doing with this post. Here's a brief history on the evolution of web services apis. API's allow business owners to get feedback from their users which isn't that much different from a few other areas on the net. I call them... Open Source Contribution Mechanisms For User Generated Content Okay, Okay, I admit, I just made up that really long title to make a relatively simple idea seem deep and mysterious. You've seen these mechanisms all over the place and chances are you've used them as well. A few of the more well known examples include forums, wikis, and blogs. But there are more that are less obvious. Let's discuss a few of these more well known apps first. What is a Forum? If you're reading my blog I shouldn't have to explain this one but I will for grins. A forum is a public meeting or assembly for open discussion on a given subject or topic. Forums rely on users to generate content and feedback on whatever topic the forum moderators decide to talk about. There's a pecking order and usually a qualitative indicator of each member of a forum that's derived from their number of posts and or the amount of quality they add when they post. Forums have helped many a web site owner in solving the age old question of "How do I get my site to the first page of Google for my keywords?". They usually center around a certain vertical market or subject area and draw all sorts of responses. The most trafficked forums are usually the most controversial and if the noise coming out of a particular form rises high enough then the big dogs in a given industry will respond but these responses are few and far between. Forums have typically had a bad rap, especially in the seo business, because of the amount of hearsay and misinformation that has come out of them. The general rule of thumb is "for every truth you learn in a forum you have to weed out 9 mistruths". What is a Wiki? Wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. Wiki supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between internal pages on the fly. Perhaps the most well-known example of a public wiki is Wikipedia. The free encyclopedia where everyone and anyone can contribute to a subject area. David Weinberger pointed out to the Library of Congress that even though one would naturally think this type of openness would encourage disinformation but quite the opposite is true. Users are contributing well formed meaningful information and the results are shockingly qualitative. Wikis rely on user input and collaboration. They provide a mechanism for users to give their 2 cents on any subject and are increasing productivity for organizations and corporations around the world. They're simple, easily maintainable and highly dynamic, fitting today's business needs to a "T". What is a Blog? Blogs are all the craze, all the kids have 'em. Blog: A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is "blogging" and someone who keeps a blog is a "blogger." Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog. Postings on a blog are almost always arranged in cronological order with the most recent additions featured most prominantly. Blogs are what got Dan Rather to resign, got Maza to remove a blog because its sole putpose was to promote a car, and they're now helping Tsunami victims in South-East Asia. Blogs are changing the face of journalism and marketing alike. Marketers are finding that the most important factor in marketing, word of mouth, is now attainable via key bloggers. But getting those key bloggers to buy into what these marketers w[...]