Tag Archives: Api

If you want to get some of your social media statistics for a particular URL, like the number of Facebook “likes,” mentions on Twitter, or +1’s on Google Plus, you can (at least in theory). Facebook’s Open Graph API supports public like/share counts the best and in the easiest way. Twitter still allows you to do it by calling an internal JavaScript, and Google+ has no even semi-official way to do this, which is really uncharacteristic of them.

Google even took measures to disable the “unofficial” API method, so the only way to do it at the moment is to rip the number out of the official Google+ button’s source code with a regular expression. You can complain on this issue ticket and if enough people do, they might actually listen.

In any case, here are the good, the bad, and the ugly:Read More …