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Google+ Releases APIs for Developers

Monday Sep 19th 2011 by Cynthia Harvey

The first Google+ apps will be able to read only public data.

Google has released the first APIs for its Google+ social networking service for developers. For now, the APIs are limited to read-only access of public data, and developers will have a "courtesy usage quota." And although Google promoted the OpenSocial APIs as a better alternative to Facebook's proprietary standards, Google's own social networking service will not use the Open Social APIs either.

Approximately 25 million people have Google+ accounts, but recent press reports suggest that activity on the site has fallen off.

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