FriendFeed is launching version 2 of their API for beta testing today, adding a plethora of new features for developers to work with. We’ve written in the past that FriendFeed has long been in the driver’s seat for experimentation for social media and today’s announcement reinforces that thought.
With the new version of FriendFeed’s API, developers can replicate that real time stream feeling, direct message users from other apps/sites, and add file attachments. Developers can now add the never-ending stream of updates as a user interface feature, and the API supports “long polling” to be able to speed up how fast feeds show up in the stream.
The API also allows for OAuth support and simplifies an application’s response format. So a third-party application doesn’t really need to know the difference between a user and groups or how a “friend of friend” works in the interface. FriendFeed provides the HTML for representing entries so developers don’t have to construct it. Authenticated responses include a list of possible commands on every feed, entry, and comment so developers don’t have to recreate it.