Current Mashup and API Trends

first_imgTags:#Analysis#web ProgrammableWeb currently measures popularity by number of views. This is a bit unfortunate,particularly because there is no way to sort mashups by rating. As a result, the most popularmashup – Virtual Places – isone that doesnot have a high rating. It looks interesting and claims to be sophisticated, but it didnot load for me.The second most popular mashup was called Wii Seeker.As the name implies, it helps people find nearby locations that have a NintendoWii. It must have been reallypopular at some point, but now it looks fairly primitive. The next mashup that caught my attentionwas the one in fourth place called Weather Bonk.This one had a high user rating and was actually very interesting, as it pulled togetherlive weather, historical information, forecasts and web cameras.Using Delexa for mashup popularityNext we briefly leave ProgrammableWeb and head over to Delexa,a mashup site that uses del.icio.us and Alexa APIs to show the most popular sites by category.The top mashup tagged by del.icio.us users was Housing Maps, aclassic mashupthat combines Google Maps and Craigslist to help people find housing. The figure below shows the distribution of tags for mashups. This is calculated by analyzingthe tags across all the mashups posted onto ProgrammableWeb. Mapping is overwhelminglythe most popular category,spanning 43% of all mashups. This is not surprising because it all started withthe Google Maps API – and people are still very excited about putting information on a map. Photos, Search andShopping tags are roughly equal – with 10% each. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Is this what mashups will be – a playground for enthusiasts? I believe that the answer is ‘yes’.Even though services like Yahoo! Pipes, Teqlo and Dapper are working to simplify the process ofcreating mashups, it will likely remain a fairly technical exercise done by enthusiasts.  However,it is also likely that we will see companies and products taking ideas from many mashupsand creating applications with the combined functionality. For example, taking ideas fromthe bestmashups (like Cloudalicious) and creating a set of tools for bloggers and marketers would bevery useful. So mashups will, I think, become the labs of the web – where rapid prototypingis done by enthusiasts, which gives rise to more integrated offerings by web companies.Please let us know what your favorite mashup is and give us your take on wheremashupsare heading. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There are few surprises in this information. Google Maps is by far the most popular API,with 50% of mashups using it. Flickr and Amazon are next with 11% and 8% respectively.Also, it’s notable that 5% of mashups are using YouTube – which probably corresponds to the recent rise ofvideo aggregators like Vidmeter. Finally, 4% and total of 74 mashupsuse the del.icio.us API. One API that caught my eye was Cloudalicious,which shows the distribution of tags for a particular URL over time. This can be insightful in terms ofunderstanding how people’s perception about your site is changing (or not).Check out the del.icio.us tag cloud trend forRead/WriteWeb: ConclusionWhat can we derive from this analysis? It appears that mashups are certainly cool,but they are not burgeoning. The growth has been steady, but not really explosive. This begsthe question: why?  There are several reasons, the primary one being that most current mashups arecreated for fun and not for business. Enthusiasts with some spare time on their hands arebuilding these during their evenings and weekends, without having monetization in mind. The secondreason is that APIs, as with any software libraries, have a learning curve. CertainlyInternet companiesare trying to expose their services in the simplest possible way, but not everything can be made simple. Related Posts center_img Web 2.0 has brought usa flock of APIs and the wonderful new concept of a Web mashup. Thanks toapps like Google Maps,del.icio.us and Flickr, we have started to think a lot about remixing the web. In the figure belowis a classic example of a mashup – a Twitter Map.This mashup uses Twitter and Google Maps APIs to create a new application, which literally putsTwitterusers on the map. Mashup popularity alex iskold 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The second most popular mashup according to Delexa was GeoGreeting,which is more entertaining than useful. This mashup showed geographical locations with buildingsthat resembled the shape of the letter that you typed. The third most popular mashup accordingto Delexa was Weather Bonk, the same one that caught my eye on ProgrammableWeb.Analyzing APIs: GoogleMaps used in 50% of mashups Back now on ProgrammableWeb and the chart on the right demonstratesthe growth of APIs. As with mashups, the actual growth is not that impressive – but it is steady.As of now, there are close to 400 registered APIs. The way that Programmable Webmeasures API popularity seems to be more objective and reliable than is the casewith mashups. The popularity equals the numberof mashups that use the API and the chart below shows the distribution of the most popularAPIs: When two services like this are put together, it is likely that somethinginteresting will emerge. However, not all possible combinations of services are actuallyuseful. To bring order to the often chaotic world of Mashups, John Musser createda site called ProgrammableWeb that tracks mashups and APIs.John’s site forms the basis of much of this post. So let’s head over there tofind out what the big trends are in mashups and APIs today…High Level API Trends: Google leads the packThe API section of ProgrammableWeb shows popular APIs. It also has an interesting scorecard thatcompares API offerings from web giants like Google and Microsoft. A quick look at the scorecard reveals that Yahoo! and Google lead the pack in terms of number of APIs – 22 and 20 respectively.Amazon, Microsoft and AOL have roughly half of that and eBay has 4. But in terms of usage, Googleis far ahead of the pack – 1114 Mashups use a Google API. It is also interesting to note thateven though Microsoft has 3 times the APIs of eBay, they both have the same number of Mashupsusing their APIs.Also check out the mashup matrix,which gives insights as to how APIs cluster with each other. Eachdot in the matrix implies that two APIs are part of the same mashup. One way tointerpret the matrix is that a cluster of dots indicates logical belongings ofAPIs, or a natural fit with each other. Analyzing Mashups: Mapping continues to dominate The Mashup dashboardon ProgrammableWeb contains a lot ofinteresting statistics about Mashups. On the right, we see the numbers for the past six months.We conclude that mashups have been growing steadily, but not spectacularly. This is notsurprising, because creating mashups requires time and more importantly technical know-how.last_img read more

The Online Collaboration Tools Guide

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair guest author 1 Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Collaboration tools and online storage applications offer many possibilities: online collaborative editing, synchronizing across computers, sharing multiple files and discussion boards, and sharing windows and documents on the spot, to name a few. The following review of major products in this space will help you choose the right collaboration tools for your needs.This is a guest post by Eyal Sela, author of the productivity and Internet blog ProductiveWise. He is a freelance Internet and social-media project manager.Online EditorsOnline editors are web applications that let you create and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online through your web browser. No installation is required, and you can use them in offline mode when there is no Internet connection.You can share documents with other people by entering their email addresses and inviting them to collaborate or just view the documents. Several collaborators can edit the same document at once. Collaborators can also add inline comments. Version management features allow you to retrieve earlier versions of a document in case you are not happy with the initial result.Zoho and Google Docs are two online editors that work (and look) quite the same. Both require you and the people you collaborate with to have an account (Zoho allows you to sign in using your Google or Yahoo account).Zoho has built-in chat for collaborators to communicate in real time while editing. It also has a plugin for Microsoft Office that makes changes in your Office documents reflect directly in your Zoho account (but it is available only for documents and spreadsheets).Zoho Writer in actionGoogle has built-in chat only for the spreadsheet application. Collaborative features vary among Google’s applications (see “Simultaneous editing and viewing” for more information). Notification of changes is available only for Google spreadsheets.A Google Docs documentUse online editors in the following cases:You want to collaborate with someone on a document, spreadsheet, or presentation and you or they don’t have collaboration software.Some of your collaborators do not have access to a word processor, spreadsheet, or presentation tool on their computers.You wish to collaborate simultaneously.Synchronization ServicesSynchronization services allow you to keep working with your desktop applications as usual, without having to learn a new interface or work through your web browser. They automatically save folders and files to all of your computers, to the computers of people you collaborate with, and to the web, keeping everybody in sync. All collaborators must register, download, and install software.To collaborate with others, you just need to enter their email addresses and invite them. Once they accept, they can view and edit shared files and folders. Whenever someone makes a change, it syncs across the documents of all the other collaborators and notifies them of the change.Syncplicity, DropBox, and Live Mesh are synchronization services, each with its own advantages.When you install DropBox, a new folder is created, and only this folder and its sub-folders are synchronized. To collaborate on files and allow others to comment, you need to share the folder that the documents are in through the web interface. DropBox keeps previous versions of your documents, allowing you to view and restore any one of them, even if it has been deleted. DropBox works on Windows, Mac, and Linux and can synchronize across the three.DropBox main panelUnlike DropBox, Syncplicity can synchronize whichever folder you choose. Sharing folders is a bit easier, because this is done through the folders themselves. On the other hand, users cannot write comments in the web interface. Syncplicity’s major advantage is that it can sync files between your computer and Google Docs (mentioned above), allowing you to enjoy Google’s collaboration capabilities. Syncplicity has a polished client for Windows, a Beta client for Mac, and nothing for Linux.The Syncplicity file browserMicrosoft’s Live Mesh also allows you to sync any folder on your computer and share it without a web interface. Though not in real time, collaborators can communicate directly through their computer by writing little posts in the sidebar that appears in the folder once it is shared. Live Mesh works on the Windows and Mac OS X platform and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.Live Mesh’s online desktopUse synchronization services in the following cases:You work with your team or other people on a regular basis, and all of you can install the client program.You wish to keep working with your desktop applications.Sharing and Collaboration SpacesSharing and collaboration websites are spaces that allow you to upload, share, and discuss files and links. Unlike with synchronization services, files are stored only on the web and not on your computer, and no installation is required. Collaborators can preview files online, comment on them, and download them without registration (the owner just needs to send them a link).Drop.io is an online file-sharing service. The process of setting up a shared space, called a “drop,” is easy and does not require you to register (although you may want to in order to administer the drop). A drop expires one year from when it was last viewed (or earlier, if you choose). One of Dropo.io’s advantages is that you can create a disposable sharing space in a matter of minutes. Once you upload a file, you are given a link to the new sharing space. You can also make it secure by adding a password.To edit a file, collaborators have to download it, make their changes, and then upload the new version. There are numerous ways to add files, including by direct upload, email, fax, and voicemail. Collaborators can choose to be notified of changes by email, RSS, SMS, and more. Built-in chat for real-time communication is also available.A Drop.io dropBox.net is a web-based content storage and collaboration solution. You have to register to set up a shared workspace. Creating one is easily done through the web interface: once logged in, you need only create a new folder and then upload files. Box.net allows registered collaborators to edit files via Zoho (mentioned above) or Box.net’s own online editor (neither offers collaborators the ability to edit simultaneously). They may also choose to make changes with their regular desktop application and then upload the new version.Box.net: online document exampleUse sharing and collaboration spaces in the following cases:You need a non-simultaneous collaboration solution that does not require registration (such as for when others need to review and comment on your work).You want to share several files with someone, and at least one of you doesn’t have any collaboration software installed.You cannot make the people you collaborate with register for a service (such as clients).You need to collaborate only a few times and do not want to invest time installing and teaching others how to use a collaboration tool.You want to discuss documents and share links, rather than just share documents.Ad Hoc Simultaneous CollaborationSome web apps let you create a space for simultaneous collaboration on the spot. These document spaces can be set up immediately and do not require any installation or registration.ShowDocument is a document-collaboration web-meeting tool. Once you upload a document, you can launch a session and invite people to join. Participants see the window of the session manager (who you can select) and watch him or her draw on and scroll through the document. Once the session is over, you can save the results as a PDF.ShowDocument live sessionEtherpad is an online word processor that lets multiple people work on and chat about the same text simultaneously. Just go to Etherpad, open a new pad, invite other people, and start collaborating. Etherpad highlights each author’s contributions with a different background color, making it easier to recognize who wrote what. It supports infinite undos, unlike other collaborative writing tools. According to the Etherpad team, the application refreshes up to 30 times faster than Google Docs, making it a real real-time collaboration tool.Etherpad allows you to write, but not format or upload, documents. At the end of each session, you have to copy and paste what you have written, because exporting is not supported. Etherpad is supported in IE, Safari, and FireFox. Beware: once you create a pad or save a revision, it will be accessible forever; and if anyone gets its URL, they will be able to access your document!EtherPad live sessionUse ad hoc simultaneous collaboration apps in the following cases:You need to instantly write or display files to someone in real time (like when tele-conferencing).You don’t have the time or ability to register and install software.You need real-time ad hoc collaboration, but not formatting options.You want to collaborate with non-technical people or people with whom you don’t often collaborate or use another tool.What is your experience with online collaboration tools? Have you tried any of the ones reviewed here? Tell us about it in the comments.Eyal Sela is the author of the productivity and Internet blog ProductiveWise. He is a freelance Internet and social-media project manager. Tags:#enterprise 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Social Media and Network Security: Balancing Threats and Benefits

first_imgAs we reported earlier this year, research from Cisco’s Mid-Year Security Report found that 50% of end users admitted to accessing social media tools at work at least once a week, in spite of company rules. And another 27% have changed the settings on a company device to access prohibited sites or applications.While social media sites are often viewed as a problem due to lower worker productivity, they’re also a concern due to issues of security. Now that people have become more savvy about email security, they’re using email less. And malware threats have followed them – from email to social networking sites. According to data compiled by Cisco, only 1.4% of malware encounters in enterprises in the first quarter of 2010 were caused by users clicking links in email. But another study, by Panda Security, found that about a third of small and medium-sized businesses had been infected with malware originating from social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.Many enterprises, fearing the spread of malware and the loss of productivity, data and money, have clamped down on use of social media networks in the workplace.. According to ScanSafe data, 64% of ScanSafe’s customer base blocks access to social networking sites for 50% or more of their staff.But workers want access to these tools, and the benefits of better communication and collaboration fostered by social networks shouldn’t be minimized. And as Chris King, director of product marketing at Palo Alto Networks said earlier this year: “IT departments are stuck in an old world. In the old world, if an application has a business use, then it’s safe and you allow it. If it doesn’t have a business use, then it’s a threat and you block it. That black and white world is gone. Facebook has business uses, but it also poses threats.” But even though there are options to address network security and social media concerns, few companies have established formal processes for handling social networking tools in the workplace. And even few – only 10% according to Cisco – have IT departments directly involved in social media initiatives. Arguably, even more than banning or blocking social media sites outright, companies need to work with employees to address their social media questions and make sure these are answered by the right people, so that errors that impact network security can be avoided. Key photo by nkzs; Photoshop by RWW. Tags:#security#social networks#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos audrey watterscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

10 months ago​Lovren reveals secret to Liverpool title challenge

first_img​Lovren reveals secret to Liverpool title challengeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDejan Lovren has spoken about the keys to Liverpool showing such great form in this campaign.The Reds did reach the Champions League final last season, but they were well adrift in the league.They have put that right and are currently top of the table, six points ahead of Spurs and seven ahead of champions Manchester City.”We play every game like a final,” Lovren told Liverpool’s official website when asked about what has changed from last season.”It’s what we learned in previous seasons: it doesn’t mean anything if you win and then the next game you don’t do well.”So, we’ll forget this game and next concentrate on Arsenal. That’s what keeps us going.”We have big character in the squad. If you want to be at the top, you need to have the winning mentality and the calmness.”There are two tough games now: Arsenal and Man City. We need to keep this momentum.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoWest Ham wing-back Michail Antonio: I’ve always been doubted

first_imgWest Ham wing-back Michail Antonio: I’ve always been doubtedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham wing-back Michail Antonio says his career has been a constant battle.Antonio admits he’s always having to prove doubters wrong.”My best advice is to keep going, keep pushing until you reach your goal,” the 29-year-old told Sky Sports. “Even if you feel like you’ve reached your peak, you can always be better.”Once I’ve achieved something, I will always push myself to achieve something else. When I got into the reserves, I said I need to get into the first team. When I got into the first team, I wanted to get into the Championship and then I wanted to get into the Premier League.”It’s a constant battle, you’ve got to prove yourself to new players, new managers and the fans. I scored nine goals and had 11 assists in the Championship and was doing better than certain players in my position, but when I spoke to Premier League managers, they told me I was not consistent enough.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ABS Simplifies MRV Compliance

first_imgzoom Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has launched ABS Nautical Systems NS Voyage Manager to simplify compliance reporting.The cloud-based, subscription application facilitates compliance with a range of environmental regulations, including the European Union (EU) Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation for CO2 emissions.“With EU MRV already in effect and additional regulations on the horizon, such as the International Maritime Organization’s Data Collection System requirement, operators need an easy way to manage the increasing volume of data required for reporting,” Howard Fireman, ABS Chief Technology Officer and ABS Nautical Systems President, said.“NS Voyage Manager is deployed quickly and accurately to collect data that supports regulatory compliance,” Fireman added.The software integrates data collected for noon reports or through the NS AutoLogger in the NS database, automating and simplifying the compliance reporting process. The secure, marine-grade NS AutoLogger captures data directly from sensors and ship systems to improve the accuracy of logged data. The data captured can be expanded to support other operational activities, including performance management.The software is configured to a client’s EU MRV monitoring plan, facilitates submission to the third party verifier and automatically reports verified compliance data directly to the EU, according to ABS.NS Voyage Manager also captures Bunker Delivery Notes for MRV compliance and supports other environmental compliance activities, including Ballast Water Exchange, Fuel Switching (ECA Compliance), Garbage record Book, Oil Record Book, Vessel General Permit (VGP), and IMO DCS.last_img read more