Blogcatalog have just launched an API for programmers giving extensive access to the data contained within both the user profiles and blog profiles.
The BlogCatalog REST (REpresentational State Transfer) API allows the retrieval of public user and blog data based on a set of input parameters. This page outlines the various types of requests that can be executed and provides example requests and responses.
I have actually suggested some additional changes to the terms, so I wouldn’t assume they are set in stone.
I also spotted on the forums that Blogcatalog are giving away free platinum memberships to people who use the APIs creatively.
Other Blogcatalog Changes Over The Last Week
- You can now search the forums for previous discussions before submitting a question
- There is no longer a need to provide Blogcatalog a link to identify you as the owner of your blog, this can be achieved with meta tag verification.
- You can now make modifications to your profiles without having your blog added to the moderation queue of new submissions. (improve those landing pages)
- The Blogcatalog broadcast system is now available to everyone
- Blogcatalog now create their own thumbshots for higher quality, and possibly higher reliability
Specific Dislosure – I do some consulting with Blogcatalog on a very much low key, part time basis, though I also give coverage to their competitors and try to remain impartial