The API information will be used in the creation of apps and for integrating the social network into existing applications.
In a Google+ post Google Developer Chris Chabot said of the move:
“I’m super excited about how the Google+ project brings the richness and nuance of real-life sharing to software, and today we’re announcing our first step toward bringing this to your apps as well by launching the Google+ public data APIs.”
At this time the API offering only provides users with public data, allowing users to retrieve public posts and public profile data, but not allowing them to send information to the network.
The API system currently only allows for querying of a single person or activity, the type of data needed to show off a Google+ stream but not powerful enough to interact with those streams.
While the system isn’t available in it’s entirety, 2/3rd of developers recently polled said they were excited with the possibilities Google+ offers for future applications.
Are you excited to try out the new Google+ API offerings within your own applications? Let us know what you think once you give them a close look.