Google+ API for apps launched as usage drops

Google has launched a new Google+ API that is set to let developers write third-party applications that will be allowed to post and read directly from the service. Google says that this initial release is intended for feedback and learning from developers, as it plans to release more APIs soon.

According to The Guardian, This initial API release is focused on public data, only letting you read information that people have shared publicly on Google+. Full details on the new API have been posted on the company’s official “Google Code Blog” and makes use of REST requests, JSON output and OAuth2 for user identification.

At the moment, the Google+ API isn’t much more than a way to scan through public Google+ posts, but the company has said that it is a “first step” and hopes to expand the Google+ API in the future, while asking for developer feedback so that they can know what to focus on.

In the meantime, The Guardian said that a recent study has shown a significant 40% drop in Google+ usage in the past month.

Google+ launched in June 2011 and went on to pick up millions of users in a short span of time thanks to great word of mouth, but the service has been slow to add new features that many social network users have been expecting.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Adobe: Windows 8 "will support Flash just fine"

Next Story

iPhone 5 reported to have production issues; apparent October 7 release

23 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Still no Google Apps users. Still ****es me off that Google have such poor support for their paying customers. If only MS did a light version of Office 365

SK[ said,]Still no Google Apps users. Still ****es me off that Google have such poor support for their paying customers. If only MS did a light version of Office 365

Sharepoint and Lync support aside, aren't the free Office Web Apps a "lite" version of Office 365? They might not share all the features, true, but that's kinda by design when you have a free and then pay version of the same thing.

Who cares, so google dosent own every last corner of the web. It actually makes me feel like regular people still have a shot on the web when google cant rule it all. Also to all the techies who love google, you need a reality check. Google is a big company, profit is all that matters. They dont care about you and using thier services is not going to reverse the bullying or lack of friends you had during your adolecense because you were different from your peers.

WAVE goodbye to G+ (no pun intended...ok i lied =D)

I stopped using it as soon as I realized, ah ****, I have to udpate my status for G+ too........then I didn't. That was that.

LAMj said,
WAVE goodbye to G+ (no pun intended...ok i lied =D)

I stopped using it as soon as I realized, ah ****, I have to udpate my status for G+ too........then I didn't. That was that.


That was my problem with it as well. I updated it regularly for about a week but I was double updating. Say what you like about facebook but at least they integrate with others so you don't have to go with them for everything. If I tweet using twitter, it goes to facebook too, if I check with foursquare, it goes to facebook too, to do anything on google+ you HAVE to use google apps (at least so far). Unless/until that changes I'll be sticking with facebook.

LAMj said,
WAVE goodbye to G+ (no pun intended...ok i lied =D)

Haha
I haven't seen anyone on my Facebook feed after the initial rollout asking for G+ invitation or giving invitation away.

daniel_rh said,
I still don't see the big deal of Google+
It would buy Google more data, so investors are happy.
(As for consumers...uh.....)

Yeah, the whole G+ thing kinda died off after all the non-tech people didn't ditch Facebook for it. Google needs to integrate it strongly into their existing products to make it something you can't not use if they want people to use it.

AJerman said,
Yeah, the whole G+ thing kinda died off after all the non-tech people didn't ditch Facebook for it. Google needs to integrate it strongly into their existing products to make it something you can't not use if they want people to use it.

Its still beta for Christ sake...

AJerman said,
Yeah, the whole G+ thing kinda died off after all the non-tech people didn't ditch Facebook for it. Google needs to integrate it strongly into their existing products to make it something you can't not use if they want people to use it.

The tried the whole "integrating it into other services" thing with Bing, and that failed miserably.

AJerman said,
Google needs to integrate it strongly into their existing products to make it something you can't not use if they want people to use it.

That would make me hate and not use the service. I can't stant being forced into using a service. I would wind up avoiding their products as much as possible.

still1 said,

Its still beta for Christ sake...

What does that mean in Google's world? And what does that mean to people who have already had a Facebook account for a few years? You can't come out with a competitor that offers less and expect people to flock to it indefinitely because of the name behind it all.

Yeah how about we not do anything that forces users of other googles services to use Google+? That would be fantastic. I don't need artificial social networking, I have real friends. Thanks. =)

still1 said,

Its still beta for Christ sake...

beta for google is just to test if a product is popular enough to keep.. that is like saying windows phone 7 is still beta.. lol.. accept it, it flopped

still1 said,

Its still beta for Christ sake...

"Beta" in the Google world means nothing. Gmail is almost in a perpetual beta, yet it didn't flop.

still1 said,

Its still beta for Christ sake...

Still Beta, but basically unrestricted invites for anyone who want to take a look. Many of my friends did, but only about two actually did more than lurking there, so now I don't care for it either. This behavior will not change in a post-beta world, unfortunately. Because nothing was stopping them from posting a few status updates during this pre-release period. It's just an early indication of where the conversations will take place. Which would be: Facebook and Twitter. Except for a few enthusiast circles on G+ that still seem to be very active.

I have to commend Google for a nice try, though! There was extremely high interest at the launch, but with this low interest today, there's no way you can re-ignite the network unless there's some revolutionary killer feature there soon. This attempt just goes to show how hard it is to change people's habits.