If you are a professional blogger or running a website, then one way to build a community is to have APIs on your website. It is very important in today’s world to have APIs because it is one way for websites to communicate with each other. Facebook, Twitter, Digg etc all have APIs available to be added to websites. API-Status is a website which monitors API’s for their up time.
- As you can see in the image the website shows if the API service is operating normally of it there is a downtime. For instance in the above image; GeoNames API is facing service disruption.
- Clicking on one of the APIs link displays current service performance by country, a average graphical display of the daily downtime. (see image below)
- There is a total of 30 APIs which are being monitored and I could not really think of any popular API which was not included.
This website will a great use for webmasters or developers to refer to as quick reference point for a API’s performance. It can also be a great way for developers to see how API’s perform based on country specific locations. Do try it out and drop in you comments with your views and opinions.
It’s a good service but I really don’t see how it is going to be useful to site owners and web masters. Maybe you can throw some more light on that aspect…
@Anshul: It is probabl very useful of site owners while trouble shooting as it gives an idea on countries or regions the service is down. A webmaster might be in India and get complaints from someone in South Africa. Main assumption could be something is wrong with the website; but this way you will immediatly know if there has been a disruption. Also the list is growing so might give a good oppurtunity to see if some APIs have too much downtime before actually putting them up on your website. Very important for online trade/ money transfer APIs which can often directly hurt the bottom line of a website.