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April 21, 2006


Greg Linden

Great post, Bob. But I think things are even worse than you say.

I think companies offer web services to get free ideas, exploit free R&D, and discover promising talent. That's why the APIs are crippled with restrictions like no more than N hits a day, no commercial use, and no uptime or quality guarantees.

Companies offer APIs so people can build clever toys, the best of which the company will grab -- thank you very much -- and develop further on their own.

For this reason and the reason you mention, there is no business model for mashups.

Randy Charles Morin

When an API has N hits per day limitations, no commercial use and no 9s, then you should think twice about using it. Some APIs, like RSS are built with financial scalability in mind. I like those APIs.


The real issue here is not that Google is charging for API access but rather that Google is creating monopolistic barriers to how third part bid management tool providers use their API. If you read the new Google T's and C's you will see what I mean. This will fundamentally change the way commercial developers use the AdWords API. I wrote a (really long) blog post on this here: http://blogation.blogspot.com/2006/04/changes-to-google-adwords-api-why-its.html

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