A big thank you to our friends over at Yahoo! Developer Network for making Boxbe for Yahoo! Mail an Editor’s Pick in the Yahoo! Gallery today.
Yahoo! Gallery, in case you didn’t know, is the site that Yahoo! uses to show off sites and services that use Yahoo! technologies. As you all know, Boxbe integrates tightly with Yahoo! Mail, making it so you don’t have to leave Yahoo! Mail to use the Boxbe service.
You may not know that we use the awesome Yahoo! Mail API to power Boxbe for Yahoo! Mail. Without the API, Boxbe for Yahoo! Mail wouldn’t be so nicely integrated with Yahoo! Mail.
What’s an API?
Sometimes living in the world of developers, we forget that most normal folks don’t know what an API is. Wikipedia’s definition is
“An application programming interface (API) is a source code interface that an operating system or library provides to support requests for services to be made of it by computer programs.”
Ok, that probably didn’t help much…
Essentially, an API is the way we access your Yahoo! Mail account with Yahoo!’s (and your) blessing. We use tools Yahoo! has built for people outside the company to enhance their existing services.
The folks at Yahoo! know that they can’t be all things to all people so they let companies like ours further individualize their services.
Yahoo! Gallery Pick
We’re happy that our Yahoo! Mail product has been made a pick on the Yahoo! Gallery.
Thanks again, Yahoo!