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An API is one way a company lets other people access their data or services. Here are three examples of APIs: **Google - Search API** Given a search term, this API will give you back a list of search results. **Alchemy - Sentiment Analysis API** Given text, this API will tell you whether it has a positive or negative sentiment. **Uber - Request a Ride** Given a location, this API will request an Uber ride. In the past, APIs have mostly been used by software engineers to have computers talk to each other. Blockspring changes this. The Blockspring plugin lets you use an API from a spreadsheet. See these <a href="https://blockspring-help.readme.io/docs/what-is-a-block">examples</a> of how APIs can be used from a spreadsheet with Blockspring.