Yahoo Pipes is regarded as one of the hottest Web2.0 services. It provides a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.
I am a new user of Yahoo Pipes. However, I really enjoyed using it. It is “Sexy”~ Yahoo Pipes provides a list of existing pipes, which acts a good start for new users. As a typical Web2.0 application, it can be controlled via simple Drag & Drop; it is quite easy to learn and to use, and does not require any special knowledge.
My favorite example of yahoo pipes is Hot Deals Search (http://pipes.yahoo.com/shiva/hotdeals). It could be used to find deals from all major deal sites in US. It is HOT, isn’t it? J Currently, I am preparing my luggage back to China this summer, and I want to buy some stuff for my family and friends. This Hot Deals Search is able to fetch deals simultaneously, and I do not have to surf from one site to another. For example, I input “Nike” and “Adidas”, and then run the pipe. Magically, it showed a list of good deals:
Also, we could reuse the code if we like. Yahoo Pipes provides two functions of “View Source” and “Clone”, and we are able to view the source code, edit it, and create our own functions based on existing ones. That is one important element of Web2.0: reuse and sharing.