Join Joseph Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding social media APIs, part of Up and Running with Cloud Service APIs.
…Social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and…Flickr are big believers in service APIs.…After all, when developers incorporate a particular API in…their app, they are, essentially, extending the social network.…In the balance of this chapter, we'll examine APIs for the…aforementioned top social media companies, but before we drill down to…the details, let's take a moment to get a better sense…of how social media APIs work and what they can do.…
So, what can you do with social media APIs in general?…First off, you can get content to display within your app.…This includes individual items such as Facebook…posts, single Twitter tweets and Flickr photos.…You can also get syndicated items as well,…like Facebook threads, tweets and retweets and so on.…Not only can you get primary content, but you can also get related details.…For example, information from a Facebook user profile like a birthday date or…Flickr photo metadata including a location and date of the published images.…
Social Media APIs also have the power to put content into a related service.…
First, there are the popular Google cloud services and device-specific APIs for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Then there are APIs to connect to followers on platforms like Facebook and Twitter and even pull images from Flickr. For some really interesting data, Joe shows how to access corporate APIs from companies like Citrix and General Motors. (Imagine getting vehicle data straight from GM.) Last, he shows how to leverage public sector APIs and mine data from the national census, weather bureaus, and even federal job boards. Learn how to make your web projects stand out with cloud services.
- Working with Google Cloud APIs
- Connecting to mobile devices via APIs
- Interfacing with Facebook and managing a Twitter feed
- Utilizing the Google infrastructure in your own apps
- Working with the General Motors API
- Understanding public sector APIs