This post may seem a bit of a divergence, considering the topics covered here so far. However, data analysis is a part of blogmastering/ webmastering, and this post is in line with my original plans for this site. If it’s not something that interests you, no problem. It’s here if you take an interest in RSS feed mashups and how valuable they can be to you. In particular, I’m covering Yahoo Pipes here.

Yahoo Pipes is one of the most underrated web mashup tools available. It’s power is impressive, but beyond some initial buzz, it seems a largely ignored tool. It’s still in beta and has a few quirks, but it’s truly amazing how much data mining and mashup you can do with it on RSS feeds:

  1. Combine RSS feeds.
  2. Reorganize information.
  3. Filter and sort information by date, topic, or other criteria.
  4. Aide in analyzing trends in the blogosphere.
  5. Produce customized, rich media RSS feeds for further consumption by other Web 2.0 tools and services.

To get the word out about how useful custom Pipes can be, I’ve written numerous articles, most with video screencasts explaining how to create the Pipe in question. Here’s a breakdown where you can find these posts, or where they will soon be.

Search Engine Journal

Yahoo Pipes for SEO and analysis? Sure. This three part series at Search Engine Journal focuses on analyzing data about home page submissions to social media site Digg.

  1. Yahoo Pipes: Analyzing Digg, Part 1: By Submitter.
  2. Yahoo Pipes: Analyzing Digg, Part 2: By Category and Submitter.
  3. Yahoo Pipes: Analyzing Digg, Part 3: Filter by Votes.

Tubetorial

The following posts on Tubetorial serve to show a wide variety of uses of Yahoo Pipes. Each of these tutorials mashups up Yahoo Pipes with other web tools and services.

  1. Yahoo Pipes: Merging RSS Web Feeds – A very simple Pipe showing a basic atomic function, the merging and sorting of two RSS feeds.
  2. Create a Random Photostream With Twitter, Yahoo Pipes and Flickr – take random text input from any source and turn the result into a sequence of images..
  3. Creating a Photolog With Tumblr and Flickr – Take the last pipe one step further and create a photolog.
  4. Create Your RSS Radar With Yahoo Pipes – Create a web agent (RSS Radar) to seek out bargains on the Internet and report the result back to you.
  5. Tubetorial Quick Tips – Yahoo Pipes – Clone a Pipe – Why build a whole new Yahoo Pipe? Clone an existing one, then tweak to customize it.
  6. Tubetorial Quick Tips – Yahoo Pipes – Concatenate Strings – Demonstrates one of the data string handling modules.
  7. More RSS Radars: Video Search – Find videos tagged with a certain keyword or keyphrase across multiple video sharing sites.
  8. Custom Yahoo Pipes/ Flickr Slideshows For Your Blog – Turn your photos on Flickr into a slideshow.
  9. Blog Slideshows, Part 2: Turn Text Feeds Into a Photo Slideshow -Turn your random photostream from #2 above and turn it automatically into slideshow.
  10. Technorati Blog Cosmos – Who’s Linking Who? – Track what blogs are linking to your blog.

Performancing

At the time of writing, I have no Yahoo Pipes posts at Performancing. However, I am working on a series covering the pMetrics blog stats tracking packge, some of which will involve Pipes for data analysis.

RSS Cases

Likewise, there are currently no example Pipes at RSS Cases. However, there are a couple of posts covering Yahoo Pipes and ways to use them.

  1. Yahoo Pipes Regex Module – a precursor to the series at Search Engine Journal above.
  2. Using RSS Radars to Find Domains for SEO/SEM – a dicussion of a practical use of Yahoo Pipes.

RSS Cases is to be the future home of a very advance series of “how to use Yahoo Pipes” video screencast series. It’s currently in the planning stages.

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