Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Falling in love with the Google+ API

By Melina Mattos, Program Manager for Google Africa and Bob Aman, Program Manager for Developer Relations

Cross-posted from the Google Africa Blog

Attention developers! Of the 90+ Google APIs, which is your favorite? We know that we fell in love with the Google+ API after we saw the amazing applications built from the Hackathons in South Africa and Kenya. We want to continue spreading the love!

This Valentine’s Day we’re thrilled to announce that we are holding three more Google+ Hackathons with the support of the Google Technology User Groups (GTUGs) in Accra, Kampala, and Lagos.

If you are ready to wow us with your application, please apply for the event using these forms: Kampala on March 10 at the 4th floor of Solis House, Lagos on March 17 at the CCHub Nigeria, and Accra on March 21 at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology.

Remember to start today on getting those creative juices flowing! Familiarize yourself with the API and review these resources. Begin gathering ideas and coding a little. Take advantage of the Google+ Platform Office Hours on the 15th of February. If you have any questions, please address them to us in our Google+ Hangout on February 23. Use the Hackathon to perfect your application and win one of the multiple prizes we will be awarding - including a ticket for the overall winning application to Google’s premiere developer event, Google I/O!

Any updates relating to these Hackathons and the Hangout will be posted on Google+ (of course!) using the hashtag #hackgplus. Stay tuned!

Posted by Scott Knaster, Editor


  1. Out of all the Google APIs, Chrome Extensions is far the best API I have seen. So much could be done makes it really nice to work with.

    The Hangouts API is rich and nice to work with. Still the most requested developer feature, networking, is missing, which doesn't allow us to do real time collaboration (nature of hangouts).

    Google+ API is really weak, developers can rarely do anything with it, just read your activities and profile. It needs a lot more love, if you would want developers to invest more time in helping improving it. We waited for 7+ months already :)

  2. What ^ Said.

    Whats the reason behind disallowing write access? Seems backwards, almost closed door policy. Nevertheless, good luck with the Hackathon.