Yahoo Social Directory API

Social Directory describes a user's identity on Yahoo, including their Yahoo profile information and their relationships across places like Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Messenger. The APIs allow you to tap into that information to make your websites and your apps more social, increasing user engagement and creating distribution opportunities.

Sample data through YQL

Accessing the Data

Using the data in your application

In order to access Social Directory data in your application, you’ll need to get a Yahoo API key and configure it to use Social Directory. You can do this by creating a project for your application.

Create a Project

TLS/SSL Connections Required for Calls to the Yahoo Social Directory APIs

To safeguard user data and authenticate API calls, we are limiting all access to the Yahoo Social Directory APIs to secure SSL connections only. No user data will be accessible over HTTP from this date onwards. Thus, your applications must use SSL connections when making requests to https://social.yahooapis.com or https://query.yahooapis.com to access Yahoo contacts/profile data.

Rate Limits

Use of the Social Directory developer service should not exceed reasonable request volume. Access through YQL is limited to 20,000 signed calls per hour and 2,000 unsigned calls per hour, as defined in the YQL Terms of Use.

Request higher rate limits

If you believe your application will exceed the rate limit, please contact us to request a higher rate limit for your application.

TERMS OF USE

By using the Social Directory developer service, you agree to the Terms of Use.

LEGACY API

Previous versions of the Social Directory API utilized a Web Service as a way to access user's Social Directory data. Documentation for the previous Social Directory web service remain available, including a screencast explaining its use and the PHP and Flash SDKs.

Community

Forum

Join the conversation on the Social Directory developer forum to get help and touch base with other developers.