REST is simplifying APIs.  Its opening up APIs to casual developers and beyond.

Recently Google and Apigee have released API explorers.  These tools allow easy exploration of RESTful interfaces.

REST exploration tools like Apigee Console, make APIs accesible by more than developers.

One example I came across recently is Intersect by @abraham.

Intersect is an API to get common friends, followers, and friends following from two Twitter accounts.

@abraham embedded an Apigee API explorer for playing with Interesect.

With an Apigee Explorer any user can quickly change values in a query string and return data from the Intersect API.

We are entering a phase where APIs are available beyond just the development community, and accessible to a wider audience.

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