Oct 26th, 2013

How to access my personal API

I thought it would be useful to have access to basic information about a person in a standardized format, query-able and programmable without having to muck around with a third-party social-media application.

An API into your person could be quick and useful.

Nothing sensitive need be contained, just something that could list out your social accounts (all of them), tell me where you're currently located, where you've been, etc. It would be cool to expose some dynamic data like calculated age, latest blog/social media post, or other non-private data.

So, I made one.

You can access my personal API at /api. It's got everything listed above, plus a little extra about my usual languages and frameworks. It supports JSONP with an optional callback parameter (/api?calback=foo).

No keys required, possible uses for an API like this (especially if others implement something similar) include:

  • dynamically calculated ages for operators of a 'personal API'
  • statistics on languages and frameworks
  • graphing operating locations
  • dynamically display latest blog posts
  • operating a repository of users' associated social accounts
  • ?

Tweet @jbckmn if you use it or build something similar.

P.S. If you do run something similar, let me know what you think about standardizing a format for a personal API.

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