The Family Graph API - making the web a better place for families.
We're very excited to release our Family Graph API in beta - a major new addition that evolves MyHeritage.com from a website into a platform, and allows more developers to create useful services for the users of MyHeritage.com.
Read on to find out more about how this can benefit you if you're a family history fan, a developer or simply someone who enjoys spending time online with their family. Not to mention our $10K prize for the best family app......
So what is our Family Graph API?
An API, or Application Programming Interface, is just a technical term for enabling applications across web and mobile to interact with a particular website.
We're thrilled to open up our own API - The Family Graph API - to developers all over the world, so that new apps and services can be created around family relationships and family history; your favorite apps can now become more family-friendly and you'll be able to do some amazing things with your family history research.
What does this mean for you as a user of MyHeritage.com?
First and foremost, rest assured that ALL your family tree information, photos and memories stored on MyHeritage.com are completely private and secure, only you can access this information. The API is bound to the strict privacy protections on MyHeritage.com and there are no exceptions.
Our new API allows developers to write applications that you, as a user of MyHeritage, may choose to use if you wish. Those applications can extend the current functionality of MyHeritage.com to new and exciting areas.
For example, two companies have already teamed up to use our new API to prepare a family calendar service for MyHeritage.com users. So if you're interested in having a printed calendar, in due course you'll be able to get one in a few clicks, fully personalized and automatically filled with birthdays and photos of your own family members.
Many other great new things will be possible for users with family trees. Imagine seeing how you are related to almost any celebrity in one click, printing your tree on a T-shirt, locating your ancestors on a Google map or making your family tree into a movie clip for your next family reunion... the possibilities are endless and some we can't even imagine yet. Keep an eye on our blog to find out about some of the debuting apps that will bring to life your unique family history.
Great news for developers, too
If you're a developer, or a website owner catering for the family audience - our Family Graph API, available in beta version at www.familygraph.com, opens the door for you to the world's largest family network. Millions of families around the world have generated and uploaded over 800 million profiles in 20 million family trees.
A few examples of how developers can use the API are listed below, and don't forget that each app is subject to user consent:
- E-commerce websites can obtain information about upcoming birthdays and anniversaries of close relatives, and offer quick purchase of personalized gifts or greeting cards for the current user.
- Photo-sharing websites can enable their users to browse previously unseen photo albums of their close relatives.
- Social networks can use the Family Graph to provide their users with their family members as new connections.
- Family history websites can create data bridges between MyHeritage.com and other family history products, databases or websites, and provide users with valuable Smart Matches™ from MyHeritage.com.
- Mash-ups with other services can be formed to add new value for users. For example, mobile apps can pull information from a family tree and show where family members reside on a map, and allow quick chat and photo sharing between them.
Click here to view more sample applications.
Got you thinking about what you could create? Well to get your creative juices flowing we're announcing today a best family app contest with a whopping $10000 prize.
The contest begins today, September 1, 2011, and submissions will be accepted until midnight on November 15, 2011. The submitted apps will be evaluated by a judging panel consisting of seasoned industry experts in the tech and family history fields and - following a public vote - a winner will be announced on December 15, 2011. Don't waste any time, go put your thinking caps on - the next killer app for families is in your hands. Information on how to participate is found on the Family Graph API contest page.
For more technical information on the API, including documentation and sample apps or to apply for free access, please visit www.familygraph.com.
We look forward to seeing you unleash your creativity and help make the Web a friendlier place for families.
UPDATE: Following requests from participants, all dates mentioned above have been pushed forward by 3 months to give teams working on the apps more time to complete them.