Yahoo isn’t going to stand in the way of developers who want to make money. Yesterday, the company cleared the path for developers to monetize social data gathered from over 600 million (consenting) individuals.
This isn’t a free-for-all, of course; Yahoo wants everyone to comply with certain terms and conditions. Still, this looks like the opening of a figurative floodgate.
A post on the Yahoo Developer Network Blog explained, “Until today, Yahoo!’s social data and user activity streams accessed via the Yahoo! Updates API or Updates Firehose API have only been available to developers on a non-commercial basis.”
What’s more, “To ensure that developers have the data they need to build successful applications, we are increasing rate limits for social data.”
Enjoy this new opportunity to learn more about an application’s users and make some extra cash.