Imagine you’re at a party and you want to keep track of all the interesting conversations that are happening. Webhooks are like a group of party-goers who are only interested in listening to what’s being said. They’ll come up to you and say, “Hey, I heard someone talking about a really cool new app they’re working on. You should check it out!” But they won’t stick around to chat – they’ll just listen and pass on the information.
APIs, on the other hand, are like the people at the party who are interested in having a conversation. They’ll come up to you and say, “Hey, I heard someone talking about a really cool new app they’re working on. Want to chat more about it?” They’ll stick around and listen to what you have to say, and you can ask them questions or share your thoughts on the topic.
So, in short: webhooks are like one-way listeners, while APIs are like two-way conversationalists. Both can be useful, depending on what you need at the party (or in your software programs).