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February 11, 2007

Yahoo Pipes

Filed under: cool stuff, news, tech — seniorgeek @ 4:02 pm

Yahoo has this new section called “pipes”. (http://pipes.yahoo.com) Basically it let you combine the results of many RSS news feeds into one feed based upon the criteria you select. You can input any site and use the modules to custom design the wasy you want the results displayed.

I made a number of ‘pipes’ and they seem to work quite well, especially since this is a beta. There are some issues with some of the modules. Most are easy to understand

and implement but there are a few that just don’t work like you expect. ‘URL Builder’ is one of them. I could not get it to work right unless I used one of the examples already posted.

The following links are to a couple of my ‘pipes’ that may be useful to you or at least you can use them to build more advanced pipes.
This ‘pipe’ lets you check for any deal at the major tech deal sites.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/xnT4eke52xGJsMmKIBeTaQ/

This is the best one. It lets you select 2 locations and then pick a common item that is a certain distance that is close to both locations. Hmm.. I didn’t explain that very well.

OK, here is an example. Lets say you are at location 1 and your friend is at location 2 and you want to meet some place in between to have pizza. Just enter the 2 locations and then enter what you are looking for as in this case pizza, and it will give you the closest Pizza place to both your locations.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/7l0PlWS52xG3flybZYQMOQ

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3 Comments »

  1. I can’t believe you’re doing one of these things! 🙂

    Comment by Doug G — February 11, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

  2. I read all about pipes last night. Very cool stuff. BTW, tried your second pipe once and it didnt seem to work: 80524 (FtC), 80110 (Englewood), ‘Coffee’.

    Comment by Doug G — February 11, 2007 @ 9:55 pm

  3. Doug, the location pipe is for places within 5 miles. You will have to edit the distance in the (yahoo local) module to find a place between Englewood and FtC

    Comment by mikey11 — February 11, 2007 @ 11:24 pm


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