The best thing about an open API is that people can surprise you with great new ways to use your service. That’s definitely been the case here at bit.ly. We’ve been hard at work on new features that we hope to launch in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, we thought it might be helpful to share some of the things other that other sites have done using our API.
Just over the last few weeks, we’ve seen several cool new integrations:
- Google Reader included us in their new “send-to” feature, which lets you share any post on Twitter, automatically shortening long URLs with bit.ly.
- Typepad added a feature that automatically generates bit.ly links on Twitter for new blog posts. In the new TypePad Beta, bit.ly statistics are integrated right into the Typepad dashboard. This feature will be rolled out to all TypePad users later this fall.
- CBS started using “cbs.bit.ly” for news and video content, improving the transparency of the underlying long url while retaining bit.ly utilities, like the ability to add a “+” sign to the end of any short link.
We’re excited about these integrations, and we’d love to see more like them. All the necessary functionality is available to any publisher via the bit.ly sharing “chicklet” (http://bit.ly/1655YE) and in the free public API.
As for the upcoming features that we’re working on… we’re pleased to announce that one is them is a new way to use bit.ly. In partnership with yfrog, we’ll be rolling out a shortcut to let you upload and share photos from the bit.ly homepage. Bit.ly links will also be available for all yfrog images.
We should have this done in the next week or two — stay tuned for more details, and for the second annual bit.ly API contest!