In social networking news, Google announced and released on Thursday (9/15/11) the first application programming interfaces (API) for it’s social network Google+. In addition to the features built in to social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, these API allow programmers to create third-party applications that integrate with the social networks and have played a large part in their increasing popularity.
While the first API for Google+ only allow access to limited public data (users’ posts, etc.), this API release will lay the groundwork for future integration. And if Google hopes to compete with the existing social networks, more integration will definitely be needed.
As a late-comer to the social networking party, Google has a lot of work to do to catch up with the competition, but the possibility is certainly there. According to a survey done by Appcelerator in July, 2011, Two-thirds of the 2,012 developers believe that Google can catch up to Facebook in social with Google+.
To assist developers in their use of the first API for Google+, Google also announced a new Google+ developers site. In addition to policies and terms, this site will be a place for developer discussions and will provide access to documentation for working with Google+.
For more information on the Google+ API, you can read the official blog post.
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