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A policy question about web APIs

Monday, May 18, 2009 by Dave Winer.

Andrew Baron of Rocketboom called earlier today with a question. Permalink to this paragraph

He's getting ready to launch a new video aggregation site called Magma. I'll have more about the site when it's ready to launch.  Permalink to this paragraph

As part of the service they check with several major services to see if they have any information about the videos they're presenting. Today the site is making 30,000 calls a day to each site. As it ramps up it'll make hundreds of thousands of calls, and eventually millions, every day. Permalink to this paragraph

Now the question is -- must they contact Digg, Reddit, YouTube, Twitter, etc to inform them and/or get permission? At what point will they be throttled? What's the proper way to make contact? Permalink to this paragraph

I asked him to post something on this, and he has.  Permalink to this paragraph

I'll be very interested to hear the answer myself. ";->" Permalink to this paragraph

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