What does the Google API mean for fork folks?

Mr. FoRK fork_list@hotmail.com
Sat, 13 Apr 2002 01:43:23 -0700


Well, I already had a project underway to do notifications on search
results.
Had to grab pieces of html. This might make things easier.
Although all I really need is HTTP GET and XML.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph S. Barrera III" <joe@barrera.org>
To: "FoRK (E-mail)" <fork@xent.com>
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Sent: Friday, April 12, 2002 4:44 PM
Subject: What does the Google API mean for fork folks?


> Okay guys and gals,
>
> Who's already playing with the Google API?
> What are you using it for?
> How's the toolkit that Google provides?
> Is it great, usable, or wretched?
>
> I ask because
>
> a. I think it's cool
> b. Oddly, I can't think of a use for it right now
>
> - Joe
>
> P.S. Dave, I don't remember if you're on fork or not.
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> DaveNet essay, "What does the Google API mean for regular folks?",
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> ***Dan's question
>
> Dan Gillmor asks in an email: "For regular folks who use the Web, why is
the
> Google API so exciting? Or is this just something that will give
programmers
> the shivers?"
>
> Dan, this is an important question, and the answer right now is we don't
> know. Certainly there's not a huge amount of juice for users
immediately --
> but scripting interfaces for search engines is a science [1] that's only
> existed in public [2] for about 24 hours. It's a little early to judge its
> impact.
>
> An example from Web history. When the table element came out for HTML in
> 1995, it barely raised a blip for users, but within weeks,
>
> We hope the Google API will evolve at Internet speed, and that it can
become
> two-way, and thereby make search engines more current and more useful. We
> hope that other search engine vendors will adopt the Google API, and
> participate in its development. Now that everyone knows that professional
> developers and hobbyists like this stuff [3], it's a good way to get
people
> who create software interested in what you do.
>
> So the fun is just starting. Google's API may not be a scientific
> breakthrough like penicillin [4] or cold fusion, but it might be a step on
> the road to something as big as SMTP or POP, or even HTTP and HTML. That's
> pretty big stuff.
>
> Dave Winer
>
> [1] http://www.google.com/apis/
> [2] http://davenet.userland.com/2002/04/11/googleIsJustTheJuice
> [3] http://www.soapware.org/directory/4/services/googleApi/implementations
> [4] http://www.dictionary.com/search?q=penicillin
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