We have been using the term “Personal APIs” basically to refer to the use of Open Application Programming Interfaces (Open APIs) to programmatically access information about a person (e.g., personal basic info, health-related statistics, busy data) and/or trigger his/her human capabilities in a standardized way.
Personal APIs can indeed be used to blend computational and social aspects into Web-enabled systems and, consequently, support the development of certain families of Social Machines (SM). We claim that “APIzing” people is also a way of “PERSONifying” software. Given that, should we extend our classification scheme for SMs by including Personal APIs as a new SM-related topic of research inquiry? We believe so. Stay tuned! New results are coming soon… 🙂