Summary of the Yahoo Social APIs

The Yahoo Social APIs are divided into the following categories:

  • Social Directory API - This API provides profile (identity) and connection (relationship) information about Yahoo users. A profile includes data such as the user's email address, gender, and location. The connections of a user identify other users such as friends and business associates. To form a connection, both users must confirm the relationship. For example, if Joe wants to add Jane to his list of friends, he asks that she be added and she has to approve. Typically, connections permits more information sharing between the users than contacts.
  • Contacts API - Contacts are analogous to the users listed in an address book. In contrast to a connection, a contact can be created without the approval of both users. For example, Joe can add Sam to his list of contacts without Sam's permission.

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