As my colleague Brad Hintze recently posted, Bungee Labs is hosting a hackathon event for Utah Social Media Developer Garage, and three of us from Bungee Labs will be hacking together a social mashup of our own using Bungee Connect.
We start with no code, three developers, four APIs, and less than 4 hours to make something interesting.
Our current plan is to create a tool that lets you manage traditional contact information–names, phones, addresses–with social media contact information–blogs, social site info–all mashed together in a useful utility. It would allow you to make associations between your different contacts, linking them together, as well as use your contact information to find people in various social sites. By the end of the night, we hope to have at least an extensible proof-of-concept application deployed live to the web. Update: Alex just added a YouTube video of me talking some more specifics of the plan.
The API’s we’re going with tonight are a starter set, but we’re architecting the app so that we can extend it with additional services as easily as possible.
- We’re starting with Google Contacts (think: Gmail contacts) as the first contact list to incorporate.
- We’re using Twitter as the first blog source to incorporate.
- Since tonight’s hackathon is based on Open Social, we’re bringing in MySpace. (Why MySpace? Well, they’re the only provider of a REST implementation of Open Social. Kudos to MySpace for that one. Now some documentation on that API wouldn’t hurt.)
- Finally, the fourth API is Oauth, which is necessary for using MySpace’s Open Social implementation.
- Amy Ballard, an experienced developer who now works as a program manager for Bungee Connect Developer Network
- Brad Hintze, Bungee Labs’ Director of Technical Marketing, who fakes being a developer really well
- Ted Haeger (a.k.a. “yours truly”), Director of Bungee Connect Developer Network, and who fakes being a developer rather poorly.
Update: Alex YouTubed a short video of me talking about our mashup plan:
Stay tuned for more updates throughout the evening, including an evolving URL for our live application.