The internet is full of flashy websites that catch and hold users’ attention. In a world wide web full of gorgeous Instagram vacation pics and cute cat videos, how can you make sure that your website stands out? The key might not be competing with the web’s most popular sites but borrowing from them.
By taking advantage of APIs designed by some of the internet’s biggest names, you’ll be able to:
• Provide users with all of the features they could possibly desire
• Boost your company’s presence on social media
• Keep track of how effective your site is using session recording
Another awesome API that Google offers is their Google Calendar API. It lets users work with all of Google Calendar’s features from the comfort of their own app or website. Among other things, the Google Calendar API provides functionality that allows you to:
• Edit calendars
• Create events
• Delete events
• Search for events that match specific criteria
The Google Calendar API is a great option for adding basic calendar functionality to your website, but you can also have a lot of fun with it. Like other Google APIs, the Google Calendar API is incredibly robust and can support a wide variety of custom projects, should you decide that’s what your website needs.
Social media plays a huge role in spreading information these days, and Facebook is hands-down the biggest player in that game. As of June 2017, there are more than 2 billion users on Facebook, which makes the ‘ol FB a great place to start your foray into social network APIs. The Facebook API allows you to take advantage of users’ profile information (after they’ve given permission, of course) to make your site more engaging. You can also make content on your site shareable via Facebook, which helps you get your name out there.
Facebook may be the biggest social network, but LinkedIn is the best for businesses. With millions of users in more than 200 countries, incorporating the LinkedIn API’s functionality into your site is a major asset. Notably, the LinkedIn API allows you to maintain a detailed list of contacts and connections, keeping your professional network organized.
In addition to adding new features to your website, APIs can be used to increase your website’s SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, value. The Google Trends API allows you to retrieve keyword popularity data by location and date using a variety of methods. For example, you can pull the biggest trending topics in a given location, return the top searches over the past month, or even retrieve data by category. You can use this information to make sure you’re posting content on your site that aligns with what your visitors want to see.
These APIs will go a long way towards keeping your website’s visitors interested in your site, but they are by no means the only options out there. What are your favorite APIs? Let us know in the comments!