Over the past week or so I have been getting re-acquainted with my Yahoo account ever since Flickr decided I needed to tie my two accounts together. Lo and behold I discovered their mashup service Pipes. I can’t help but think that the name is a wink to Ted Stevens’ tubes – which still makes me turn my head in shame each time I hear it (full context here).
Despite my novice programming skills and lack of desire to read the directions, I was able to cobble together a local search for coffee within 10 miles of a user-provided location – all within about 3 minutes.
More interesting than what individual users can do is that Pipes lets you view the inner workings of Pipes created by others and clone them into other modified mashups.
So maybe there are some tubes in there somewhere. See also: Dapper – the data mapper