Blog Posts by Shirish Anand

  • Release Notes: Yahoo! Updates and Social APIs

    Some of you may have heard about the Yahoo! – Twitter agreement that was announced a couple of weeks ago. The deal complements the Facebook agreement that we announced in December last year. Both these agreements are key enablers the Yahoo! Open Strategy, which is all about opening up Yahoo like never before to help our users connect with the best of the web. In particular, these partnerships with Facebook and Twitter will help us do several things:

    1. Aggregation of social activity from across the web into Yahoo! Updates to enrich products like Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Homepage, Yahoo! Messenger other content experiences across Yahoo!
    2. Distribution of Yahoo!’s social activity and content (we call this, collectively, Yahoo! Updates) from Yahoo! out to Twitter, Facebook, and the web at large (think of Yahoo! as a massive client for updating your status out to your network(s) of choice).

    We’ve been working towards enabling our social APIs to support these objectives and today we have

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  • Yahoo! Opens Write Access to Contacts API

    At Yahoo!, we’re committed to web-wide data portability. We strongly believe that the next big idea may very well be the result of collaboration between Yahoo! and the developer community, which is constantly building with the variety of web services platforms out there. We offer open access to a broad range of services including Flickr, YQL, YUI, Traffic Server, Hadoop, etc., with the goal of facilitating web-wide innovation.

    One of our recent contributions to the open movement is an enhanced version of our Contacts API which offers sanctioned access to the data users have stored in their Yahoo! Contacts through services like Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger etc. The API uses the OAuth protocol to get the user’s permission before providing access to any data and to handle transactions consistently with web standards for privacy and security. We believe that enabling portability of Contacts data is a key element of web interoperability and it benefits not just the user but also allows

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  • Palm Synergy integrates with Yahoo! Contacts API

    A few weeks ago we released the new Contacts API that provides full read/write access to the Yahoo! Address Book. Now we're happy to tell you about the first commercial mobile application built on the Contacts API – the Palm Pixi’s Synergy application.

    Pixi runs on WebOS 1.3.1. Palm’s Synergy feature uses the new Contacts API to access a user’s Yahoo! Address Book to integrate Yahoo! Address Book, Mail, and Calendar with the user's phone. Once you enter your Yahoo! email address and password to authorize the app, Synergy creates a contact sheet for every person in your Address Book, and merges duplicate entries retrieved from multiple sources.

    Pixi has received very positive reviews on the Web. Soon after it launched last week, we experienced a huge ramp-up in the number of requests made by a third-party application built on our APIs. In less than two days, Synergy set the record for number of requests per day, and has become the largest third-party app using Contacts API by volume

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  • Introducing the all new Yahoo! Contacts API

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Yahoo! Contacts API, which now uses OAuth to offer read, write, and sync access to the Yahoo! Address Book, one of the largest address books on the Web. We've completely reengineered the existing Contacts API and added more useful functionality for developers.

    The new Contacts API provides the same features as the Yahoo! Address Book API, plus it is part of the Social API stack. Hence, it is fully compliant with the rest of the social APIs provided by Yahoo! such as Social Directory, Updates and the Status API. This allows you to mash up the APIs to create social applications for users on and off Yahoo!. To get started, visit the Contacts API documentation.

    With this release, we are also going to stop active development on the old Address Book API. If you are currently using the BBAuth-based Address Book API, we encourage you to migrate to the new API so you can take advantage of the following new features, with many more to follow

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