Archive for January, 2011

Made with Mashups

Made with Mashups logoOne of the core issues I’ve observed in the mashup space is that no matter how many mashup-powered solutions I build, the general discipline doesn’t seem to get the credit it deserves. Sure, users are happy to get new products quickly, but I’m finding that I have to educate new teams on the benefits of mashups each and every time. Where I work, our internal mashup awareness level is near zero outside of IT.

You might argue that end-users shouldn’t know or care about mashups. Were mashups fit to be created only in the corridors of IT, I could agree with this view.  But part of the power of mashups is giving control to end-users to craft their own solutions. This is never going to happen if mashups dont get more recognition.

To help improve the visibility of mashups, I concluded my talk by proposing a set of open “Made with Mashups” icons I am releasing under the Creative Commons license. Lest we forget, many of the technologies we take for granted today raised their awareness by taking a similar approach:

 My hope is that by starting to brand our mashups, we can increase the general level of awareness of mashups, regardless of the underlying implementation technology. Please browse over to this page to view the complete collection.

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  • 5 Day Weather
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  • PlugChain
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  • Atosho Retailer
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  • Above.com
    Above.com is a Trellian company that allows users to monetize transactions, either by selling or buying web domains. The main value of this API is the possibility to integrate platforms with domain investment purposes. This API supports XML format and requires an API Key. In the website, developers can see resources such as API queries, authentication, secur […]
  • Mailee.me
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  • Atosho Channel Partner Search
    Atosho is an e-commerce company based in Copenhagen. Along with Retailer API, Atosho offers Channel Partner Search API that helps developers to create a correspondence between XML and JSON results of an API call. Date Updated: 2014-09-18 Tags: [field_primary_category], [field_secondary_categories] […]
  • BitKonan
    BitKonan is a Croatian-based BitCoin and cryptocurrency trading platform that offers a flat trading rate of 0.29% per transaction. The BitKonan Public API allows access to market data including recent BitCoin prices, highest buy and sell orders, order book, and recent transactions. Using an API key, developers may access the private API to retrieve a user […]
  • Dandelion Wikisearch
    With this experimental API, users could find Wikipedia pages if they can't recall the exact title. Dandelion Wikisearch can be useful for developers who work with Internet data and who are interested to add this service in a particular website or application. The site displays the parameters of text and lang as required in addition to limit, offset, que […]