by not having an API
Peter Griffin / NZ Herald - 24 May 2007
An interesting discussion about TM's refusal to offer APIs (application
programming interfaces) to external web developers. The big boys like
eBay and Amazon allow others to tap into their resources via APIs, so
why not TM? Rowan Simpson - formerly in charge of development at
TradeMe and now with new startup Xero - defends TM's position.
Read all about it...In outlining why TradeMe hasn't made an API available to external
developers, Simpson cites concerns about the safety of TradeMe users,
the need to keep third-party developers abreast of changes to the API,
possible threats to the stability of TradeMe's infrastructure and the
prospect of TradeMe users becoming reliant on outside developers for
their interaction with the auction website.
Rowan has more information on his personal blog. It's not that TM would
rather keep any potential money making ideas to themselves, he insists.
It's a security issue.
But sharing APIs works for eBay, doesn't it? Why are TM so reluctant toWe put a big effort into keeping Trade Me safe for buyers and sellers. We
have a full-time team working on this. One of the problems this team deals
with is phishing of members login details. We have a simple and consistent
message for members: don’t enter your Trade Me email address and
password anywhere other than on the Trade Me site. So, obviously
allowing third-party developers to build tools which require our users to
enter their login details is inconsistent with this.
allow third party developers to grab a small piece of the pie?
Peter Griffin's blog...