…. aaaand so ends the second bit.ly API Contest! Once again, we were floored by the range and depth of the submissions we received. Thanks to everyone who submitted, and special thanks to everyone who came to one of our hackabit hackathons and/or gave us feedback about our API. Without further ado….
1st Prize (MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D Printer):
* bit.ly news (http://bit.ly/fvM96H) - A Hacker News-style display of trending bit.ly links.
This project surfaces trending bit.ly links from Twitter and orders them by click count. Much like our own bitly.tv, this makes it easy to see what’s popular in the bit.ly universe!
2nd Prize (1TB USB hard drive in vintage Nintendo game enclosure):
* bit.ly File Storage (http://bit.ly/hx2kAc) - A hack for storing data with bit.ly.
We were especially impressed by the use of a binary tree for data retrieval with a single bit.ly URL! While this is not necessarily a use of bit.ly that we would encourage, credit is due for cleverness and chutzpah.
* “Your Trending Twitter Topics” (http://bit.ly/h4zo5k) - A utility for analyzing which topics drive the most clicks for a given Twitter user’s bit.ly links.
This is a great way of examining the context around bit.ly links. Bonus points for checking against the encoding bit.ly user to filter out retweets.
* wpTwitBox Wordpress Plugin (http://bit.ly/gSyZrh) - A Wordpress plugin that can shorten links in incoming comments with bit.ly, and store bit.ly links to use as cached permalinks.
We love that this WP plugin allows you to automatically shorten links in incoming comments, and to do so with your own bit.ly username and API key.
3rd Prize (BuckyBalls magnetic desk toy):
* bit.ly Button (http://bit.ly/gs3BJa) - A jQuery plugin that shows the bit.ly click count for a given page.
* bitdb (http://bit.ly/gizhA0) - A key-value store built on bit.ly.
* “Shorten” for Symbian OS (http://bit.ly/enMS7w) - A bit.ly client for Symbian.
* FractalAtlas (http://bit.ly/h1bDOQ) - A visualization of bit.ly referrers.
* “bitlyminous: A Twitter Bot for Bitly” (http://bit.ly/ewrwYL) - A Twitter bot that tweets related bit.ly links.
* ta.gy (http://bit.ly/glXrmK) - A tool for plastering bit.ly links and QR codes all over town.
* bit.ly Webrings (http://bit.ly/hkjSCs) - A trip down memory lane that uses bit.ly click counts.
* HN+Influence (http://bit.ly/gCLIBB) - A Hacker News remix that accounts for bit.ly click counts and Backtweets data.
* A bit.ly-FourSquare mashup (http://bit.ly/fJ3ou4) - A tool that uses bit.ly QR Codes for FourSquare check-ins.
* “bit.ly IM” (http://bit.ly/eMjoH1) - A jabber bot that shortens and expands bit.ly links.
* bit.ly Salesforce Widget (http://bit.ly/eTklVo) - A widget for quickly creating bit.ly links within the Salesforce CRM.
* bit.ly for YQL (http://bit.ly/ecEFxz) - Tables for using the bit.ly API with Yahoo!’s unified query language.
As always, feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions or comments about using the bit.ly API!2 years ago