Making contact

Today Yahoo announced the release of their Address Book API — previously only available internally and to selected partners. It follows on from Google’s Contacts Data API and I hope that this is one more nail in the coffin of the password anti-pattern.

Chris has expressed disappointment with the proprietary nature of the response formats and Dave also wishes there were more consistent APIs. It’s a fair point but the situation is still immeasurably better than logging in and scraping the individual address book services.

The sites that have so far abandoned the anti-pattern in favour of best practices are:

Meanwhile a whole bunch of otherwise-great services are still encouraging people to get phished:

The clock is ticking. There really isn’t any excuse any more for asking for my Yahoo Mail or GMail username and password.

Have you published a response to this? :