Mashups and APIs are some of the best ways to get customized, rich data that is not accessible by one site alone.
Mashups use API’s to gather different data streams into ones that allow less user action to useful data ratios. As search-expert Rand Fishkin of Seomoz.org pointed out, “One of One of the best resources out there for finding APIs is ProgrammableWeb’s API Directory
Here are five mashup examples from Programmable Web. At the very least, they should spark inspiration, critisim, or discussion: your pick.
1. Local Blog Search
FeedMap allows you to see Blogs from your neighborhood and subscribe to their RSS feeds after seeing their descriptions and latest posts.
Sample Result for Portland, Oregon:
Loosely Coupled Human Code Factory – A.K.A. Mercenary Engineer Feed Blog
Recent posts: Your Agile and The Flow
The site has nearby blogs as well as tagging capabilities for each blog. Not bad for finding smaller blogs within one’s area.
2. Auto Generated Event Sites
EventSites allows you to make quick websites for your event.
I decided to make a site for Tweet PDX, and was amused to find that the hours were in 24 hour mode.
Excitingly, there was a Flickr tag prompt. I found this to be useful.
Saving the event
I was promoted to register an account with Eventful to create the event, so I did. Another caseorganic landgrab.
I really enjoyed one aspect of EventSites; the ability to send the event to Google Calendar, del.icio.us Events, Ping-O-matic, Upcoming.org and Facebook, Myspace and Technorati with a few clicks of a button (assuming you allow Upcoming.org access to EventSites).
3. Ask 500 People and Watch the Results
Ask500People shows real time stats of poll questions geographically and numerically as they are asked.
4. A Place Between Us
a.placebetween.us says “Trying to find a meeting place between friends? Enter your addresses and the type of place you want to meet.”
So I did. I said I’d like to meet someone between the Portland Small Business Accelerator and Backspace. It wasn’t smart (I had to enter the exact address as well as the city and state), and the results only gave me Startbucks Coffee.
Good idea, terrible data granularity. So much for that Mashup.
5. Where is the Path? (or street)
Where is the Path is an interesting mashup that combines topographic maps with Google Satellite maps to help you match trails with what they look like in real life, from above.
The interface uses two targets that match up the topo map to the Google map. Not bad. Also works for cities. Might be useful for finding bike paths/alt routes.
If you find an awesome Mashup or set of Mashups, please tell me about it.
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