Digg API: Innovation in Assembly
In this week’s blog, I will be discussing the third Web 2.0 Pattern: ’Innovation in Assembly’ as outlined by Tim O’Reilly. I will also discuss Application Programming Interface (API), and its relevance to the third pattern along side the chosen Web 2.0 Application: ‘Digg API’.
Firstly, what is an API?
An Application Programming Interface (API) is an interface implemented by a software program which enables and facilitates the interaction with other similar software. An API makes use of the services provided by a particular software program that has been implemented by another software program. API’s have made hooking into web applications such as Facebook and Flickr easier to access through other applications. By utilising an API, it has provided web communities with the opportunity to create an open architecture where content and data can be shared between applications and communities.
So what is Digg API?
Digg is a social media website that offers its community with a forum to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. Digg provides its community with a comprehensive list of topics that range from business, sports and even gaming news. Digg surfaces the best information as voted by its community.
How does Digg API compare to Competitors?
MyNewsDesk is a social media website where users can effectively exchange press releases, photos, videos and social media content between companies, journalists and other interested users. The MyNewsDesk API offers structured information on press releases, news, blogs, pictures, videos, and documents via an XML format.
I feel that MyNewsDesk API is a more corporatized social media site. Although it offers its users as many topics/categories that Digg does, I feel that Digg is a much more user friendly service. One of the benefits of using the Digg API over MyNewsDesk API is that Digg is a much more well know service. According to ProgrammableWeb, there are currently 68 websites that utilise the Digg API compared to zero websites that currently utilise the MyNewsDesk API.
Future of Digg API
Founder Kevin Rose and CEO Jay Adelson discuss Digg’s new site features such as content recommendations. The following link is a video of the future of Digg.