Yahoo released a new product today, Pipes. They apparently weren’t ready for as much traffic as it would cause and the site is currently down. Pipes is a hosted service that lets you remix feeds and create new data mashups in a visual programming environment. The name of the service pays tribute to Unix pipes, which let programmers do astonishingly clever things by making it easy to chain simple utilities together on the command line.
I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet, but it seems like a great mashup tool for RSS. Josh Bancroft used FeedShake recently to combine a few of his feeds, and I was thinking of doing the same thing. This Pipes concept might work out in the same way, with more flexability.
Once it’s up and running again, I’m going to try out a few things to see what I can come up with.
Try it yourself (once it’s back online) here