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“Yahoo!! Pipes” are here…

February 19, 2007

Yahoo has taken the lead into the technology that can transform the web-world as we see it. This can be a start of a true Web 2.0, where users can not only interact with web-services but create them without coding. This can lead to much more creative user generated content because creative people with little or no programming skills can use the work done by other programmers to create their own services. Also, it is a cool collaborative tool for people from around the world to provide innovative content on the web.

What can the tool do for me? It will let you create your own user-content which can then be used by other people to create theirs. So, you take a data feed such as result of a web search or RSS feed of a blog or tagged photos on Flickr to create your own data feed.  These user-created content will be available through RSS or data feeds for other people to use.

Yahoo Pipes is a web-based IDE (Integrated Development Environment, which is very rich and powerful to make your user-contents with relative ease and speed. Once you create your own feed, you can share with people and let them use yours to create theirs. It is very new and people are still figuring it out and playing with beta version to see how they can use this tool to create rich content.

I created my own first pipe, a job search tool (as that’s what is on my mind these days). It took me less than 10 minutes to build it and I had listings of 100 jobs for software engineers in a flash. This is an awesome tool. Do try it, maybe you want to search some pictures on Flickr or RSS feeds that interest you or maybe build your own map-search tool. Put your creative hats on and go crazy (not that crazy)

My Job Search IDE

The results of my search for jobs in Seattle

The beta version was launched this month and is available to fiddle around. It can be found at this link. The co-creator of pipes is a guy by the name of Pasha Sadri. You can visit his blog for latest information.

Threadless: On another note, if you are looking for some Web 2.0 based cool geeky t-shirts, goto threadless, buy the shirt, click the picture, send the picture back to the website people and see it on the website. Now, that’s what I am talking about 😉

Joost it is…

January 23, 2007

When the founders of two of the most popular P2P sites, Kazaa and Skype, decided to start their new venture, they called it Joost. If Kazaa symbolizes P2P sharing, then Skype revolutionized VoIP. Will Joost (pronounced ‘juiced’) do the same for video sharing? Is this the YouTube mania affecting two of the most successful enterpreneurs of our times? I doubt it. Joost is an attempt by Skype founders, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, to get a foothold into the lucrative video-sharing market by providing “cheap and efficient high quality video” online.

I personally think that “online television” is a new revolution in Web 2.0 world. Its not just watching recording of your favourite shows online but it is real-time distribution of shows when you want it, where you want it, how you want it. Let me explain the last line in detail. Suppose you are out on an important meeting and miss first half of a football game. You come home and instead of watching it from second half, order the football match on your Internet-enabled TV, and start watching the match from the beginning like you never missed it – that’s ‘when you want it’. Now, you were working in Boston but have to catch a flight to Seattle. You don’t wait till you reach home but order your football match on your PDA while waiting for your flight – that’s ‘where you want it’. You board your plane and it is not allowed to use your PDA while on board but you can use your iPod, so you order the rest of the football match as a podcast on your iPod – that’s ‘how you want it’.

Although, the above mentioned synchronized technology is not available yet but these are the intentions of sites like, YouTube, iTunes and Joost, to provide you sometime soon. The market seem big enough for companies like Google to plunge into it. The advertising revenue from such personalized on-the-go TV is lucrative for any marketing guru.

The question is, “Are you ready to get Joost yet?”