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25 March 2008 @ 4pm


Friendfeed Launches API

FriendFeedFriendFeed just announced the launch of the FriendFeed API:

We are very excited to announce the launch of the FriendFeed API, which enables developers to interact with the FriendFeed site programmatically. It’s designed to make it possible for anyone improve FriendFeed or integrate FriendFeed into other applications. You can develop a FriendFeed interface for a mobile phone, build a FriendFeed widget for your blog, or develop an application that makes it easy to post photos to your feed from your iPhone.

I guess at this point it’s only a matter of time before the first desktop clients for FriendFeed are released.

Looks like Benjamin Golub, DeWitt Clinton, Eran Hammer-Lahav, and Dave Winer already got a preview of it and are probably working on some products that will use the API themselves.

The documentation is here and there are also Python and PHP client libraries available. FriendFeed also opened a developers forum on Google Groups.

The Terms of Service are short and reasonable. There will be some rate limiting, but right now, FriendFeed hasn’t spelled out any details about this yet.

I am not a developer, but from what I can see, the API will allow developers to pretty much do everything a user can do on the site right now as well – that is, it’s the two-way API that everybody has been asking for.

This is another major step for FriendFeed. The API was probably one of the most requested items on FriendFeed’s todo list and when I talked to Bret Taylor earlier last week, he mentioned the API was coming “within weeks, not months” – but he didn’t say it was only one week away. Once again, after announcing the ability to post to Twitter just yesterday, as well as a large number of new services that it will support, FriendFeed has proven to be very good at undercompromising and overdelivering.

Now, FriendFeed really flows both ways.

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