Information is the lifeblood of any business, but our arteries are clogged with data. Yahoo Pipes gives us a way of turning the data into information and letting it flow.
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Pipes is a drag and drop programming environment through which you can channel data feeds from public sources like Flickr, YouTube, Google Base, Google News, Yahoo Search or any other source that provides XML or CSV output. Feeds can be automatically analyzed, combined, processed, formatted, sorted and tagged. The output from a feed can be delivered as a list on a web page, a map, an email message or an RSS feed that you can read in your favorite aggregator.
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An good example of a practical, business-like Pipe is Jyotirmaya Nanda’s “Financial Headline News by using Company Ticker Symbol”.
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When fed a stock ticker symbol this pipe gathers, filters and sorts related news from Yahoo, Technorati, Vox and others to give a condensed list of the most recent relevant headlines. While useful in its own right, Jyotirmaya’s Pipe is also a good starting point from which to develop a filtered feed of your own selected news sources.
These days everything we do online seems to generate a feed of one kind or another, whether its writing a blog, drafting a press release, managing a BaseCamp project or organizing a set of YouTube videos. Tools like Dapper and Feed 43 help us create feeds from “unfed” content, AideRss gives a positive tweak to the signal to noise ratio while Yahoo Pipes does, well, just about everything with everything else, while geo-tagging it on the way.
But how do you get your feeds to spread to audiences in social networks? Wiliam has an answer, at least for Facebook. It’s Blog RSS Feed Reader has the fitting, professional design you’d expect from one of Australia’s leading web design, strategy and marketing firms. This free application does more than the title suggests. As well as reading RSS feeds it can also handle ATOM and RDF data.
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The application encourages the viral spread of information within Facebook with share buttons on each feed item as well as on the feed itself. It can also alert friends through Facebook News Feeds and Mini Feeds when there are incoming RSS updates.
An important feature for businesses is the ability to embed the feed on a Facebook Page. This is ideal for a business, product, service or celebrity wanting to set up an opt-in communication with their social network fans.
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