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Fetch external content with pipes

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 by Servage

Pipes is a great concept to get content from external sources and include it on you page. Obviously this is not meant as a copy-machine, to simply steal content from everyone else and present it as your own – but rather a useful aggregation service if you need to collect content or snippets from multiple sources. The customizability is great and you can fetch exactly what you want in the format you wish. Yahoo Pipes is a great tool, the developers describe it:

Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.

Like Unix pipes, simple commands can be combined together to create output that meets your needs:

  • combine many feeds into one, then sort, filter and translate it.
  • geocode your favorite feeds and browse the items on an interactive map.
  • power widgets/badges on your web site.
  • grab the output of any Pipes as RSS, JSON, KML, and other formats.

Use this if you’re presenting news on your site, want to scan selected targets for specific content etc.¬†Useful¬†for web publishers and privates as an alternative, customized news reader.

Fetch external content with pipes, 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 ratings
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