9.2. Signing Up and Google's Terms
Signing up for a Google Web API developer's key is
simple. First, create a Google account. The only requirements are a
valid email address and a made-up password.
You will, of course, have to agree to Google's
Terms and Conditions (http://www.google.com/apis/download.html)
before you can proceed. In broad strokes, this says:
Google exercises no editorial control over the sites that appear in
its index. The Google API might return some results that you might
The Google API may be used for personal, non-commercial use only. It
may not be used to sell a product or service or to drive traffic to a
site for the sake of advertising sales.
You can't noodle with Google's
intellectual property marks that appear within the API.
Google does not accept any liability for the use of their API. This
is a beta program.
You may indicate that the program you create uses the Google API, but
not if the application(s) "(1) tarnish, infringe, or
dilute Google's trademarks, (2) violate any
applicable law, and (3) infringe any third-party
rights." Any other use of Google's
trademark or logo requires written consent.
Once you've entered your email address, created a
password, and agreed to the Terms of Service, Google sends you an
email message to confirm the legitimacy of your email address. The
message includes a link for final activation of the account. Click
the link to activate your account, and Google will email you your
very own license key.
You have signed in and generated a key; you're all
set! What now? If you don't intend to do any
programming, just stop here. Put your key in a safe place and keep it
on hand to use with any cool third-party Google API-based services
that you come across.