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More Pipes for the Internet – This Time from Yahoo

February 8th, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Yahoo‘s Advanced Products TechDev group released Yahoo! Pipes last night. Unfortunately, it looks to be offline unreachable at this moment. It does sound interesting and is something we would be interested in reviewing and possibly using in some of our own mashup and widgets.

What is Yahoo! Pipes exactly? Well we don’t know. But, here is a quote from Tim O’Reilly‘s post on the subject.

Yahoo! describes it as “an interactive feed aggregator and manipulator” that allows you to “create feeds that are more powerful, useful and relevant.” – Tim O’Reilly

This reminds us of services like dapper. However, while dapper is nice in concept, we don’t feel it quite makes it easy enough for the average user. If Yahoo! can simplify the process and make it understandable/usable for average users, this can take off.

We already have some projects and ideas that could benefit from something like this and we hope that it meets our expectations.

There are always two sides to every story and Niall Kennedy makes some good counter arguments why this may be a bad thing for publishers.

Yahoo! Pipes has implications for web publishers, changing the reliability of delivered content, the relationship with the end user, and the polling frequency of a mashup that may or may not be actively utilized. – Niall Kennedy

We see both sides of the discussion. However, until we really see what’s going on and evaluate the system, we can’t really add much to the discussion or make a stand either way.

For more information until Yahoo! Pipes is back online, check out.

GUI APIsTimothy Post
Pipes and Filters for the InternetTim O’Reilly
Review: Yahoo pipesMatt Cutts
Yahoo! Pipes remixes the syndicated webNiall Kennedy
Yahoo! Launches PipesTechCrunch

Update:
Yahoo! Pipes is definitely under load. The page now returns the message “Our Pipes are clogged! We’ve called the plumbers!” At least they have a sense of humor.

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  1. February 8th, 2007 at 10:27 | #1

    Pipes was developed in Bradley Horowitz’s Advanced Development Division, which does indeed contain an Advanced Products Group, but we (the pipes developers) are in a different group (TechDev).

  2. February 8th, 2007 at 10:40 | #2

    Hi Jonathan,

    Thanks for dropping by and correcting us. We have updated the post to reflect the new information.

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