With deference to Ted Stevens, Yahoo has released a service they’re calling Yahoo Pipes. It’s a visual editor for creating mashups using sources from other websites. It’s kind of difficult to explain what you do, Jeremy Zawodny has a good post on it, but the best thing to do would be to go have a look at the examples and then give it a go.
There’s also an extensive article by Tim O’Reilly, who thinks this new service is revolutionary.
Yahoo!’s new Pipes service is a milestone in the history of the internet. It’s a service that generalizes the idea of the mashup, providing a drag and drop editor that allows you to connect internet data sources, process them, and redirect the output. Yahoo! describes it as “an interactive feed aggregator and manipulator” that allows you to “create feeds that are more powerful, useful and relevant.” While it’s still a bit rough around the edges, it has enormous promise in turning the web into a programmable environment for everyone.
So. Very. Cool. You have the ability to drag & drop modules onto the pipe. You not only draw from RSS feeds but also submit form requests and then pass the response from that to another module for further processing. Then the whole thing can be output as a feed or HTML. Filter the internet, generate results from what you want in the way you want to.