The Swoop API Deconstructed

Do you have a smartphone—an iPhone, Android or something similar? Do you rely on apps for everything from Facebook to your local weather report? Do you watch movies on Netflix streamed from iTunes, an Apple TV or Roku device? How about reading books on a Kindle or a Nook, or answering email using a web-based program like Gmail or Outlook? Behind the scenes, all of those websites, devices and apps are using an ‘API’ to send and receive data.

API is an acronym for “application programming interface.” Essentially, it’s something created by a programmer that allows other applications to access functionality. Take the Google Maps API, for example. When you use this app on your smartphone, the API is working behind the scenes, allowing all sorts of cool interaction to take place. When you touch a point on the map, scroll or use gestures like spreading your fingers apart to zoom in, the API is being used on the back-end to provide the appropriate data for the app.

Swoop’s goal is to provide an easy-to-use, lightweight API that can be added to your application as quickly as possible. By following our published, well-documented examples, you’ll be up to speed in no time and have Email Checkout available as a payment option in your application.

Our secure email payment technology makes it simple for people to send money using email. If you sell a product or service, or accept charitable donations and you use email to reach your current or prospective customers, you can add Email Checkout by using the Swoop API. Once added to your emails, your current or prospective customers simply reply to your email request, and the financial transaction is completed behind the scenes. Swoop can process the payment, or your existing financial transaction system can be used.

Additional features are possible with the Swoop API such as ‘Site Tokens,’ which allow your users to complete a web-based transaction without requiring an email purchase. ‘Hooks’ can be used to have Swoop send data to your system, providing information on a variety of events such as transaction details and error notifications. Dive a bit deeper into the Swoop API and you’ll find a JavaScript SDK, OAuth 2.0 integration and much more.

Start simplifying transactions in your email and applications by letting the Swoop API to do the heavy lifting for you. Contact Us to get started.

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