APIs have a big job to do. They enable apps to speak to other apps. They also help people communicate better.
When you’re building an app, why roll your own if there’s an API for that? Check out Postman’s latest featured list: APIs Powering the Future of Communications. These APIs are empowering the exchange of information and news. Make them part of your developer toolkit, and try them out by forking their collections to your own workspace.
Let’s see who made the list.
Vonage is a flexible and scalable cloud communications platform for voice, messaging, video, and data. In this blog, they tell us how you can use Postman for easier API call sequencing and a faster “Time to First API Call.” Their expansive collection shows how to access your account, numbers, SMS, Voice, and more via APIs. Try it out in this Vonage public workspace.
Courier allows you to notify users on any channel with one API, whether you’re building notifications via email, text, push, or chat. The Courier REST API in their public workspace allows your application to send messages, request details about an individual message, and manage profile and preference information for each recipient in your audience. Try it out in this Courier public workspace.
Twilio has democratized communication channels like voice, text, chat, video, and email by virtualizing the world’s communications infrastructure through APIs. Their public workspace includes a bevy of OpenAPI specifications for all their APIs and a getting started guide for sending an SMS using Twilio. Try it out in this Twilio public workspace.
Africa’s Talking provides a variety of communication and payments API products empowering the entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout Africa. The APIs in their public workspace allow you to build high-impact mobile engagement solutions using SMS, USSD, Voice, and Airtime without the complexity of working directly with mobile operators. Try it out in this Africa’s Talking public workspace.
Slack is the eponymous chat and collaboration platform for work. The Slack Web API in their public workspace supplies a collection of HTTP methods that underpin the majority of Slack app functionality. With over 100 methods available to use, you can build your own custom workflows and integrations. Try it out in this Slack public workspace.
Twitter started as a social platform, and it is now the best channel to receive breaking news. Their API is rich in functionality for hobbyists and businesses alike. They also offer an early preview of what’s coming so developers can provide feedback and shape the future of Twitter’s APIs. Try it out in two public workspaces from Twitter: for the Twitter API and Twitter Ads API.
This hand-picked list is an interesting cross section of APIs that empower the exchange of information and news. Learn about their tech, explore their APIs for free, and don’t forget about other Postman-featured APIs, workspaces, and collections in the Public API Network.
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