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Google Web APIs

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3:37 pm on Sep 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I'm not a Web programmer or developer, but I'm curious as to how Google's new API programs will affect Web sites.

If you go to the Google API site [google.com], you can download their developer's kit for both Java and .Net.

According to Google:

Google Web APIs are for developers and researchers interested in using Google as a resource in their applications. The Google Web APIs service gives you query access to Google's web search, enabling you to develop software that accesses billions of web documents that are constantly refreshed.

The service can be used for:

- Issuing regularly scheduled search requests to monitor the web for new information on a subject.

- Performing market research by analyzing differences in the amount of information available on different subjects over time.

- Searching via non-HTML interfaces, such as the command line, pagers, or visualization applications.

- Creating innovative games that play with information on the web.

The Google Web APIs service is made available to you for your personal, non-commercial use only (at home or at work).

Has anyone here used this service? And, if yes, do you think it will make any major changes for the Web? Has it increased traffic to your site, etc, etc? (I mean, I'm wondering if I should include it on my site) :)

4:39 pm on Sept 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld, rtroxel!

(I mean, I'm wondering if I should include it on my site)

What are you thinking of doing with it? It is a programming interface, not a "product". Many people have used it to build ingenious applications that they put on their sites, but what attracts the traffic is the application, not the API.

The excellent book Google Hacks gives many examples of its use. But you have to be a programmer to develop such applications.

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"what attracts the traffic is the application, not the API. "

In other words, if you develop a Google search application for your site, this will attract more visitors or more repeat visits?

Thanks, in advance,

Roy

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Hi Roy,

It depends on what you want the application to do! :->

In writing Google Hacks, I talked with a lot of people who had developed Google API related apps and put them on their site. Some of them, like elgooG, got so much traffic they had server problems. Some of them developed just incredibly USEFUL tools (like GoogleAlert, which unfortunately came around a little too late to be in the book but which is an awesome resource) which I would suspect has a ton of traffic. I know that Cookin' with Google, which I did kind of as a jokey thing, has a lot of people using it.

So I think the API is just like anything else. If you do something useful, people will flock to it. If you don't, people won't.

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"If you do something useful, people will flock to it. If you don't, people won't."

That makes sense. Thanks, RBuzz. I haven't read your books, but I'll make a point of doing so. I'm curious as to what sort of functionality Google APIs could add to my site and bring back return visitors.

Roy

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There is another one at [googlism.com...] .. its had just over 1.5 million UNIQUE queries over about 12 months.
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There is another one at [googlism.com...] .. its had just over 1.5 million UNIQUE queries over about 12 months. CHERRYTRON

I don't understand this, how can they use the google
API to generate so many results?

I thought you had a cap on the number of searches you can
do using the google API? ALso, it's supposed to be non-commercial?

Can anyone elaborate?

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You need a key from Google to use the API. I believe you are allowed up to 1,000 queries per day to use the Google API.
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I don't understand this, how can they use the google
API to generate so many results?

I thought you had a cap on the number of searches you can
do using the google API? ALso, it's supposed to be non-commercial?

Can anyone elaborate?

i've talked with google about this in regard to an application i developed that does google searches based upon local physical proximity.

the api team can approve exceptions for projects that have merit.

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>> G**glealert

Interesting one, i've missed spyonit since it closed, great to know :)