When, a couple of weeks ago, developers kicked up a fury over Yahoo!’s surprise deactivation of a stock quote “API," I looked into the matter and discovered that it really wasn’t an API that they were using, nor was the service (a CSV download feature of Yahoo! Finance) intended for automated programmatic consumption by developers. An untold number (potentially thousands) of developers apparently discovered the service's feature approximately 15 years ago and have been relying on it ever since.
First, I want to start off by saying that ProgrammableWeb doesn't often report on partnerships or integrations (when one company announces it’s going to consume the API of another company). I think of it as "inside baseball” (behind the scenes business stuff) and judging by the traffic that we get to such stories, they’re largely a waste of time. Hardly anyone is interested.
Coming up in 2018, ProgrammableWeb will be releasing a comprehensive series on how API providers can best optimize engagement with developers. Sure, there’s a long list of widely accepted best practices that we’ll be sure to note. But, we’re also always on the lookout for unique and innovative practices that could merit inclusion as well. One such approach, being launched today by Intuit in partnership with Lighter Capital, is exactly the sort of thing we're talking about.
Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at the end-of-year #API meetup in Wash, DC. on Dec 5. Great people, presentations, and pizza (the 3 P's of a great meetup). Oh, and beer and wine. Hope to see you there! https://t.co/uhV2xJ9oAK
In this post, I discuss and propose a standard for issuing #API service warnings (ie: a schedule maintenance notification) as part of a normal, successful API response Feedback welcome. https://t.co/GPhjuigePp@programmableweb
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".