API Coming Soon For Google PlusBy: Chris Richardson - July 1, 2011
We’re only a few days into the era of Google Plus and already, folks want to add stuff to it, much like Facebook did with Farmville, and whatever other application you’d care to consider. While that may be the beginning of the end in regards to Google Plus updates being littered with “Such-and-such in your circle wants to give you a cow” or something similar, fear not, developers, because Google is well on their way towards releasing an API for their social platform. Once released, it will open Google Plus to the world of social media apps and other additions.
According to CNet.com, Vic Gundotra, the Senior Vice-President of Social for Google, informed the publication of Google’s intentions concerning the upcoming API.
for Google+ users, developer access is coming. It’s simply a matter of time. As Vic Gundotra, senior vice president of social for Google, told me at a Web 2.0 Summit cocktail party tonight, “I’m a developer guy at the core. It is inconceivable I would build something without a platform.”
In fact, Google went as far to set up something of an email hotline for developers who are interested in working with the upcoming API. As for why there’s not an API already available, Gundotra and CNet both indicate the fact Google Plus is still in its “beta” stage. Apparently, once the noticeable kinks are worked out, the API will make its debut.
After that, get ready for FARMVILLE: THE GOOGLE + WARS or some such creation.
In other Google + news, the platform’s trend is growing and growing. A quick glance at Google Trends shows the topic is gaining interest on a daily basis, especially once you apply the “Last 30 Days” filter. Surprisingly, however, is not all of that interest is coming from the United States. While the U.S. is currently sixth in search volume, places like Israel, Chile and India are ahead of their American counterparts. In fact, Santiago, Chile is the highest-ranked city in regards to search volume, with San Francisco coming in second.
Deli, Washington D.C. and Bogota round out the top five, which clearly demonstrates the growing interest in Google + is worldwide. Interestingly enough, the number one language searching for the “Google +” string is, in fact, Hebrew. Apparently, Facebook just doesn’t do it for the folks in Jerusalem. Will Google + fill the void?