Yahoo Pipes!

February 9, 2007

Yahoo Pipes recently launched in a blaze of glory.  OK, they sprung a big leak on the first day and needed to “call the plumbers”, but eventually they got it back up.

It’s a kind of RSS aggregator/filter/mashup tool, with the added benefit you can share your pipes.  Personally speaking, I think it’s a bit of a geeky tool and a step too far for Joe Public.  But for those willing to persevere you can build up some pretty powerful piping.

It’s all kind of dependent upon RSS feeds themselves though.

Let’s face it, the vast majority of RSS either comprises news or blog postings – meaning that it’ll be used mainly as a news aggregator and filter.  When people truly start harnessing the potential of RSS to distribute data as well as news, that’s when the fun will really start.  Someone’s already done an eBay price watch pipe – using eBay’s RSS API.  There’s an apartment search on there, using Craiglist’s RSS API and Yahoo Maps API.   So why can’t stock markets have RSS feeds of latest market prices (I know one that does)?  Why aren’t more job sites providing customised search RSS (thank you Seek)?  Gmail has an RSS feed – why none of the others?  TradeMe RSS feeds on “My Favorite Searches”?

Once we start seeing more “data” over RSS than just “news”, then I think Yahoo Pipes really will start blowing.

Are there any “out there” uses of RSS you’ve seen out there?

One Response to “Yahoo Pipes!”

  1. Simon Says:

    Trademe definitely should have RSS feeds, good point.

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