With API management as an industry expected to reach $6.8 billion in value, analyzing the trends in popular API uses such as social media and open-source programming can help bring value to API businesses.
Social media has a place in the lives of billions of people across the world. Taking advantage of this widespread usage is essential when creating workable APIs. Similarly, the volume and usage of open-source platforms for API development and management make for a valuable modern trend.
By exploring what is new across these two niches of API management, we can better understand what the future of API might look like.
Trends in Social Media APIs
More than 70% of apps on Google Play and Apple stores report and communicate user data through APIs, making these platforms valuable caches of information and user interface usability. With so much potential inherent in API usage, the combination of social media and APIs offers opportunities like little else.
Trending in the social media API industry are improvements that make for more fluid experiences on both the developer and end-user side, while simultaneously providing income opportunities for developers. With the world increasingly online in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, social media APIs are integrating game-changing, real-time connectivity.
Here’s what you should know about social media API trends:
1. Enhanced Real-Time Data Synching
When the pandemic hit, some delivery services experienced a demand increase of up to 27%. At the same time, however, businesses have faced delays, struggles, and shutdowns. This has illustrated the need for better data synchronization standards across APIs that allow for instant updates via cloud-based technologies.
Real-time data synchronization allows an API to send notifications across file network systems to keep all stakeholders updated. For developers, this is essential in managing an effective API that gives your users the data they need when they need it. For API as a service especially, this trend is vital in maintaining user satisfaction as social media platforms update their own APIs and user policies.
2.APIs as a Service
Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is a development trend across virtually every sector. This trend has even made its way to social media API development, where APIs, offered at a service level, are helping developers and users avoid high software costs. For those looking for API services that can scale with the influx of social media and e-commerce business, APIs as a service make sense, bringing real-time insights and flexibility.
Maintaining the standards of an ever-changing digital world can be difficult. It helps to have the flexibility and options service APIs offer by constantly updating to meet users’ and developers’ needs while staying consistent with modern trends in social media.
3. Comprehensive End-User Design
Across API integration, user experience is a constantly evolving and essential design element. For an effective social media approach both for developers and for end-users, an effective product strategy for APIs requires a roadmap approach that allows builders to see how design changes impact users.
The modern world has seen a democratization of all kinds of software use. This is especially true of APIs and social media. Building user-friendly platforms that keep the needs of developers and end-users in mind is a trend unlikely to ever go away.
As the world increasingly relies on social media APIs needed to communicate data across applications, these trending elements are something all involved in the industry should keep in mind. Additionally, emergent patterns in open-source programming should be considered as API developers look to accommodate modern business.
Trends in Open Source Programming and APIs
Businesses of all kinds are finding success in making their APIs open-source or adding open elements to their databases. Open-source APIs encourage interaction and innovation. In turn, this enables greater business opportunities for those to choose to go this route.
Some of the trends in open API creation include:
1. Open Frameworks and Data
APIs require frameworks and libraries that comprehensively interact with the user interface. Among the difficulties in generating such comprehensive frameworks are the wide variety of device types users may be working from. For example, while a library might function well with an IOS app, on Android functionality differences might present problems.
To solve this problem, developers are building open frameworks that ensure greater compatibility between devices. This adds ease-of-use and greater functionality for developers and end-users alike. HTML5 APIs are being developed with such open interactivity in mind, reinventing features like geolocation and web storage to accommodate the needs of the pandemic era. This is a game-changer, as long as security measures can be implemented to maintain the safety of these open, cross-compatible networks.
2. Omnichannel Integration
In the modern world, businesses are only as limited as their outreach potential. With omnichannel integration, you can ensure that your APIs are capable of interacting with and communicating across every media channel you can imagine.
Museums like The Met are even using open APIs to generate new kinds of visitor experiences through the innovations allowed by open platforms. With open APIs, developers are creating new search tools for the exploration of the museum through digital tours and even virtual reality environments. With the commonality of shutdowns and safety risks in the pandemic landscape, such innovative tools can help to provide users with safe, at-home experiences, in turn bringing added value to the API development industry.
3. Emerging Tech Integration
Emerging technologies are changing our way of life. Managing these changes requires comprehensive innovations to ensure APIs maintain their relevance. One of these major technologies that has made its way to almost every industry is the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT, especially when paired with the new 5G wireless network, allows devices to communicate at greater capacities than ever before. APIs today must be built to interact seamlessly with these devices and the 5G Network.
This means creating open platforms that can communicate across all kinds of devices on the network, including augmented reality and virtual reality devices. IoT will be a popular trend for decades to come, so securing IoT for API compatibility now will be a powerful move for modern businesses.
When it comes to API integration, the overall trending feature is openness and connectivity. In our global economy, consumers and app developers must be able to access the data they need when they need it. This requires compatibility, a major feature of open-source API building.
The Future of APIs
While it is impossible to predict the future, two things are certain. One is that social media will continue to be a major part of our lives and the way APIs innovate modern solutions for all kinds of business needs. The other is that the variety of devices and network capabilities of the modern world are increasingly calling for open platforms. This openness and connectivity allow for greater innovation and diversity of products. This can only help the API marketplace, allowing businesses to build competitive edges no matter their industry.