This year's Web 2.0 Expo theme is Unlock the Digital Economy and I presented "Amundsen's Dogs, Information Halos and APIs," cognitive tools to help you build your epic API journey. We walk through how to succeed in the new App Internet and 5 building blocks for a winning API strategy.
There’s been some buzz about ‘social commerce’ this year, with a great WSJ article a couple weeks back: Retailers Embrace Social Commerce. However, there’s not really such a thing as ‘social commerce’. What these companies are doing is executing a ‘distributed commerce’ strategy.To really understand this profound shifft, it's worth watchign Sam Ramji's talk on evolving business models in his Web 2.0 Strategy presentation: Darwin’s Finches, 20th Century Business and APIs. A key point in this talk is how business is migrating from a direct to indirect model.
Twitter unleashed a firestorm this week by announcing a change to their API policy for apps that enable users to read and write tweets.
Their announcement is not a big deal – it effectively says, “simple clients to send and receive tweets are core. Don’t go there. And don't copy our experience.”
This is actually the right type of communication from a platform company. You want them to say “There are risks for you here as we’re building stuff. We would like to see further innovation in this other place over here.”
This is always the case with platforms...
Want to launch your API with a bang? Or get more internal adoption?
Hack Days (or Hackathons) give developers a day off to build anything they can dream up. No rules. At the end of the day, developers demo for glory and free beer.
If your API is only available to developers inside the company - even more reason. Why?
- Get the word out - Hack Day is a high profile way to drive adoption and build grass-roots excitement internally....
Will Richmond at VideoNuze has some great insights on Netflix’s announcement that 11 different consumer electronics companies will have a dedicated Netflix button on their remote controls. Will points out the connection between consumer’s demand for content and applications and the accelerating sales of electronics devices, and how Blu-ray player sales took off once connectivity was added.
Sundays in the fall are fantastic. Why? The NFL and APIs are making it fun to watch football games with enhanced information for all my fantasy football players. I can sit in front of the TV with my iPad and follow all the scoring and updates. Some day soon my TV will have apps that access the precious player statistic APIs.
This got me thinking about how APIs will change the way we live, utilize our assets (like TVs) and measure success. In the...
Yesterday at Cloudstock (the "Woodstock" for API and cloud developers), I presented "Your API Sucks," a talk about what great API design and developer experience means and how to get there.