PART/Flickr mashup with Yahoo Pipes

You may have seen some mention recently of Yahoo Pipes. As Bill Thompson describes it, Pipes "lets you take a data feed such as the result of a web search, or an RSS feed from a blog or news site, or a set of tagged photos on Flickr, and transform it to produce the outcome you want."
I've been having a little play with the system, and it is remarkably easy to use. Here's a PART/Flickr mashup that reworks this blog through related Flickr images – http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/lkAk8ZPF2xGxBlSiHxeTaQ/
Not sure if this transliteracy, but it's certainly fun.

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5 thoughts on “PART/Flickr mashup with Yahoo Pipes

  1. PART/Flickr mashup with Yahoo Pipes

    You may have seen some mention recently of Yahoo Pipes. As Bill Thompson describes it, Pipes “lets you take a data feed such as the result of a web search, or an RSS feed from a blog or news site, or a set of tagged photos on Flickr, and transfor…

  2. I think this is really interesting and have left a comment on your blog. If you have a chance to explore piping further I really encourage it. I find myself excited by the possibilities.

  3. It’s interesting how specific computer terms are being adopted to describe generalised applications of their original function. The Unix pipe or | symbol… well, this is from my ancient (1994) copy of ‘An Introduction to Berkely Unix’ (still relevant today as most of the web runs on Linux, OS X is based on BSD Unix, and the Windows command shell includes Unix derivatives):
    Concurrent processes can be connected by pipes to form a pipeline that performs functions useful to a user.
    The ability to combine and connect existing programs in this pipeline fashion provides great power and flexibility.
    …it allows programmers to build programs from pieces that have already been written and tested, instead of having to rewrite all the pieces from scratch.
    Any modern *nix (e.g. Linux, OS X) programmer will talk of pipes in a very specific way as part of a command e.g.
    ls | more
    In the Unix spirit, why reinvent the wheel a good term? It seems Yahoo have generalised the pipe function in a mashup kind of way.

  4. Very true. Actually, I wondered for a long time what the | symbol was called!
    I suppose we should be grateful that the term they chose bears some resemblance to the original meaning. I had a little rant a few weeks ago about Myspace’s ‘mymoviemashup’ which isn’t a mashup in any sense at all, and was clearly decided upon by some marketing bods who wanted to appeal to the yoof. Oops, I’m doing it now – only suits call the yoof yoof!

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