Google+ Launches a Page for Developers – Still Doesn’t Have a Full Read/Write API


Google+ may be mired in a bit of controversy, but the team behind Google's social network keeps adding new features on an almost daily basis. What's really missing in the world of Google+ right now, though, is better support for developers and third-party apps that can't just read data from your account but also write to it. Today, Google is launching a Google+ page for developers and announced that it will host weekly office hours/Google+ hangouts for developers. Hopefully, the launch of this page is a precursor to a read/write API for Google+ that will allow developers to bring their ideas and innovations to Google's social platform.

In today's announcement, Google promises that "2012 is going to be a very exciting year for the Google+ Platform." So far, Google has been very protective when it comes to Google+ and the API really didn't allow for very exciting apps yet. Developers can't currently create apps for Google+, for example, or create a third-party iPhone client that you could use like a Twitter client to update your Google+ stream. Google always said that this current API "is intended for feedback and learning." Hopefully Google will take the training wheels off soon.

Frederic Lardinois founded SiliconFilter in 2011. Before starting this site, he wrote about 1,500 articles for ReadWriteWeb. His areas of interest are consumer web and mobile apps, as well as Internet-connected devices like cars, smart sensors and toasters. You can reach him at [email protected]


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