Yahoo Pipes is a new beta Yahoo service that allows non-programmers to create RSS mashups using a graphical drag-and-drop interface. Pipes reminds me of the old perl data transformation project called Sprogs, though Pipes is much more fully baked. Being a fan of RSS, I wanted to test Yahoo pipes. I first tried to do a mashup of new real estate listings in my area, but couldn't find open MLS RSS feeds anywhere. (If anyone knows of such, please let me know in the comments.) Next I tried to do a mashup of new DVD releases of movies which take place in certain cities. Again, no luck finding RSS feeds to support this. (Around then, I stumbled onto an interesting post from Brian Clark noting that today, just about anything interesting you can do with RSS you can likely still do with email. A good point, and true -- we're still early in the RSS game.) So, test out Yahoo pipes, I opted for something different. I took a source of geographic data (I chose USGS earthquake announcements) and mashed it up with Yahoo Local search (search for "pizza"). Here's a screenshot: http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/JI1B6B662xGQQgK_rscPhQ/run?_render=rss For online retailers, Pipes is a very interesting development worth watching. Check it out. Related Pipes links:
- The Pipes homepage: "Using Pipes, you can create feeds that are more powerful, useful and relevant"
- Tim O'Rielly on pipes: "This is something I've been waiting nearly ten years for", "a milestone in the history of the internet"
- Jeremy Zawodny on pipes: "think it's one of the coolest web apps we've released in a long time"
- Matt Cutts on pipes: "This is the closest to fun that RSS has ever been for me"
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