Some application programming interfaces take a while to catch developers' interest, but an API announcement from on-demand driving service Uber had plenty of app and mobile game makers ready to put the pedal to the metal.
Uber, which allows users to enjoy a private car service via its mobile app, said it would be opening up its technology to any and all that could find a good fit. The firm already had a number of well-known app publishers and startups lined up to provide examples of how its API could work with a successful business.
The mood among developers on Twitter when Uber's API came out can only be described as celebratory:
Interesting. Uber released an API: https://t.co/c6raOzMYvR— Justin Zollars (@JustinZollars) August 20, 2014
The big question mark, of course, is who will be first out of the gate with Uber-based apps beyond the initial list of partners.
What would you build? - Uber Opens Its API http://t.co/G2C6Ijajvd— Murat Mutlu (@mutlu82) August 20, 2014
Given how Twitter and others started out with open APIs and then pulled back, though, not all developers were ready to trust Uber.
APIs are now a tool big startups use small startups to leverage growth, still their sandpit & their revenue. There's no @uber_api gold rush— Δ (@oliyoung) August 20, 2014
For the most part, developers sounded more than ready to fasten their seat belts and get started with the API.