Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley believes the company can survive in the local search business by pulling in API data from third-party developers who use the company’s platform to generate location based data.
Speaking at a keynote presentation at South by Southwest Crowley explained:
“If people think it’s all about mayorships, that muddles the story. We’re starting to put a lot of that stuff in the background.”
Foursquare currently provides its API to more than 40,000 developers who utilize the company’s 50 million points of interest.
Among Foursquare’s users are the Twitter-owned Vine, Facebook’s Instagram and mobile network Path. read more
It’s official! Developers now have access to Foursquare APIv2, the companies news developer tool which has been in the works for more than 12 months.
Under the new API Foursquare has removed XML calls, which in turn will speed up response times, while they have made OAuth2 available to allow for better security when users connect their Foursquare accounts to third-party services. Also included in the API are new endpoints that allow for badge fetching, venue history and venue popularity.
According to Foursquare:
“The foursquare APIv2 gives you access to all of the data used by the Foursquare mobile applications, and, in some cases, even more. Integrate checking in or viewing checkins into your application, build tools to help users use or visualize their own history, experiment with new ways of displaying badges, leverage our uniquely rich information about venues or do things we haven’t even thought of yet.” read more