Google’s latest attempt at social networking, Google+, now has a new first-cut at a developer API. The Google+ Platform blog has info on the release of the new API.
Startup blogger Robert Scoble put together a list of some of the feedback on the new API – it seems the reaction is mixed. RSS creator Dave Winer says Google “doesn’t get it”. Why am I surprised that a company who has a VP, Bradley Horowitz, post on Twitter that he only cares about Twitter users with over 100,000 followers might not fully understand how to promote a new API to developers?
The Google Plus team notes that they are using the follow existing standards and best practices where they can:
- Our API methods are RESTful HTTP requests which return JSON responses.
- Our payload formats use standard syntax (e.g. PoCo for people info, ActivityStrea.ms for activities).
- We use OAuth 2 for secure trusted access to user data.
The Google Plus API is located here if you want to start to play with it.