I’ve been working on a Yahoo Pipes blogpost for a few months now, and haven’t made as much progress as I wish. However, another question came up about it and I figured I really need to at least get some basics in here.
The question of the week was this: @GregMogel: “Can someone recommend a highly configurable health news/journal aggregator? Looking for a feed with very specific topics.” I had a variety of suggestions, but the chosen one was Yahoo Pipes. First question is obvious – what is Yahoo Pipes? My oversimplified description was that it allows you to select a collection of RSS feeds, apply filters to sort out just what you want, and then generate a new combined RSS feed with the results. You can do a lot more, but that seems to be what folks want first and most often.
Next question is also obvious – how. Since I don’t really want to get involved in setting up feeds for other organizations, I suggested asking their tech support staff, a suggestion which wasn’t enthusiastically embraced. As in most places, tech support is overworked, understaffed, and stretched thin. The next best option is to figure it out yourself, which requires varying levels of geekiness. Here are a few starter resources.
Foster, Dawn. A 2 Minute Yahoo Pipes Demo
Keays, Tom. Creating Faculty Publication Lists from Scopus RSS Feeds
LonewackoDotCom: Yahoo Pipes tutorial
ThediTii. Learn How to Build a Pipe in Just a Few Minutes on Yahoo!
Here are a few more links if you prefer reading.
Foster, Dawn. Filter Your RSS Feeds with Yahoo Pipes. 2008.
Foster, Dawn. How to Hack RSS to Reduce Information Overload. 2011.
Squidoo. A Guide to Yahoo Pipes. (2008)
Here is the master source.
Welcome To The Yahoo Pipes Tutorial. 2011