Waqtiga aad tan akhrisid, waa la sixi karaa… laakiin waxaad ogaan kartaa tan Technorati Rank is 0. That's because the Technorati API is not returning rank as part of the call (it's returning a closed node <rank />).
Sidoo kale, Del.icio.us' API is acting up. They fixed an issue where no posts would be returned the other day when you make a request for a specific tag. Today it's just returning the first record within that tag. The automated job that posts my Daily Reads never posted either.
I've put requests in with both companies but I'm not getting any response. They are both great companies who have really reached out to me when I've needed assistance in the past and I hope they do now. It may not be the case with these two companies, but many companies treat their API sida muuqaalka labaad ee adeeggooda ama codsigooda.
That's a mistake that may kill your business in the near future. We're accelerating towards the ‘semantic' web… with plugins, widgets, rss, custom pages, etc. where APIs are going to become more important than the User Interfaces themselves. In a Mashup application, I may be contacting a central server which in turn communicates with multiple APIs. If I'm a Mashup company, I'm not going to do businesses that don't take their API gravement.
IMHO, tani waa cashar in Google goor hore bartay. Haddii aad si taxaddar leh u ilaaliso Google, mid kasta oo ka mid ah codsiyada ay keenaan suuqa waxay leeyihiin APIs adag oo casuuma caqli-saddexaad. Waxaa jira ganacsiyo aan tiro lahayn iyo codsiyo laga dhisay API-yadaas sidoo kale.
Rather then support third party ingenuity, some companies actually fight them altogether. Statsaholic had to change it's name from Alexaholic due to trademark concerns. Imagine that… someone builds a fantastic User Interface that promotes the statistics that you have developed. They've distributed those statistics to hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions) of users. Reach that may never have been established had you simply tried to do it on your own… and you get upset with them.
Toddobaadkan kooxdeena buugaagta ee Indianapolis, waan ka wada hadalnay Kalluunka 'Starfish' iyo 'Caarada': Awoodda aan la joojin karin ee Ururada aan Hoggaamiyaha lahayn. The key point of this book is that a Spider represents a top-down organization. Kill the head and the body can't survive. Cut the Starfish and you wind up with 2 Starfish.
Google Blogsearch has been taking market share from Technorati. I love Technorati and still think it's much easier to work with, but there's no arguing that Google is the big truck in the rearview mirror. This week Google released its Ajax Feed API… Tani waa xadgudub dheeri ah oo Technorati ah hadey aqoonsadaan iyo hadii kale. (Waxay sidoo kale la tartameysaa Yahoo! Dhuumaha.)
I don't understand the apprehension of companies to opening their APIs and ensuring robust performance and support of them for other companies, in turn, to further develop on. There are so many advantages… less user interface development, less bugs, less support, less bandwidth (an API call is much less data than a page) and more businesses that are dependent upon your business. These aren't people you want to compete with or alienate, these are people you want to embrace and reward.
Haddii aad ku sawirtay Arjigaaga Webka geed ahaan, waxaad u maleyn kartaa UI-gaaga sidii caleemahaaga iyo API as your roots. Leaves are necessary and pretty, but having deep roots will secure your business' future.