Location Scout Yahoo Pipes

Review of: Yahoo Pipes

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On February 12, 2008
Last modified:April 23, 2019


Yahoo Pipes is great when it works but sometimes it fails and seems to choke other processes waiting on it 🙁

Yahoo Pipes Web Application by Yahoo for the Location Scout

Several website posts which pertain to Yahoo Pipes and possibly relate to location scouting.

UPDATE 2019: Pipes is no more! (Wikipedia)

About Pipes

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.

Find Coffee Yahoo Pipe

Location Scout Resource – find coffee near wherever you are – FAST

For some people, especially those that travel frequently, it might be incredibly useful to be able to easily find coffee nearby.

There ya go. It’s yet another Yahoo Pipe.

Yahoo Pipe - Find Coffee Near You

Yahoo Pipes

Location Scout Tagosphere Pipe

Get an RSS feed centered around a tag

Well, this all might sound a bit “techy” to some, but Yahoo Pipes can be incredibly useful for retrieving and displaying data; this is an example how a Yahoo Pipe can be used to retrieve internet pages based on tags


Tag (metadata) – Wikipedia

In information systems, a tag is a non-hierarchical keyword or term assigned to a piece of information (such as an Internet bookmark, digital image, or computer file). This kind of metadata helps describe an item and allows it to be found again by browsing or searching. Tags are generally chosen informally and personally by the item’s creator or by its viewer, depending on the system.

Tagging was popularized by websites associated with Web 2.0 and is an important feature of many Web 2.0 services. It is now also part of some desktop software.


Yahoo Pipes – Wikipedia

Yahoo! Pipes is a web application from Yahoo! that provides a graphical user interface for building data mashups that aggregate web feeds, web pages, and other services, creating Web-based apps from various sources, and publishing those apps. The application works by enabling users to “pipe” information from different sources and then set up rules for how that content should be modified (for example, filtering). A typical example is New York Times through Flickr,[1] a pipe which takes The New York Times RSS feed and adds a photo from Flickr based on the keywords of each item. Other than the pipe edition page, the website has a documentation page and a discussion page. Documentation page contains information about pipes, a user guide on pipe edition and a troubleshooting guide. The discussion page enables users to discuss the pipes with other users. The site is currently in beta.

That said, the Tagosphere Pipe can be used to retrieve and display website content from around the internet for the tag(s) “location scout” – depending on the taxonomies used by different websites / software, more results might be returned by trying different variations of the tag (with / without quotation marks?), such as “location-scout”, “location+scout”, “location_scout” and “locationscout”.

Tagosphere Yahoo Pipe

Yahoo Pipes del.icio.us Tag Masher Pipe

Location Scout del.icio.us TagMasher

…yet another adventure in deploying lightweight do-it-yourself (DIY) tech solutions inna location scoutin’ bidness.

The title says it all. I was looking for a way to aggregate (collect) bookmarks (…favorites…posts) on del.icio.us that are most relevant to location scouting.

Conventional wisdom would seem to dictate that a search of tags such as “location scout” would be in order.

  • There are several del.icio.us-specific peculiarities

    that make this a more complicated task than it might seem on the surface: Because of the way del.icio.us handles tags, multiple word phrases (i.e. location scout) must be joined together so there are no spaces between the words, otherwise “location” and “scout” become two different tags. Obviously there are a number of ways to accomplish this; I decided that:

    1. locationscout
    2. location+scout
    3. location-scout
    4. location_scout
    5. …were likely to be the most popular syntaxes.

Also the mashup I found to aggregate the bookmarks has a 4-tag limit (more about this shortly), so, given the parameters, the syntaxes above dovetailed into the plan pretty smoothly.

Tag searching using the del.icio.us website interface is limited to just one tag. I needed to find a way to search del.icio.us using multiple tags at once.

Enter Yahoo Pipes. Pipes is a recent “whatsit?” (to me, anyway 😉 …all I know is it will “do stuff” using various web2.0 features such as accessing and interfacing with various API’s, databases and such and that there has been a good deal of chatter in the tech circles lately about Pipes. It does look a little like Ning, but I haven’t had a chance to play with Pipes at all other than this little side-project. (BTW some people think I am a bit of a techy, but it’s not true; real techies are always able to see that I am just someone who knows enough to be annoying and dangerous- just ask my web host 😉

In a nutshell, “someone” (one Derek Van Vliet, actually…) figured out how search del.icio.us using 4 tags simultaneously as well as aggregating the results. The results are effective because they consist of posts that only had to use at least *one* of the tags as opposed to a heavily filtered list including only posts having to use all the tags, the former seeming to be the default of many database searches. Yet, still, the Pipe seemed to handle filtering out “noise” results such as “boy scout” or “store location”, etc. very well. 🙂

…which I renamed slightly to reflect the manner in which I am using the pipe, which is ok because all this kind of stuff in this neck of cyberspace is pretty open-source and in fact experimentation is generally encouraged.

Once I ran the Pipe and had my results (a web page exportable as an rss xml feed, of course 🙂 like any good web2.0 app should…)

I took the feed link and made a Feedburner feed. I like Feedburner because there are so many additional features available that can be used on raw rss feeds. If you have worked with Feedburner much at all, you’ll know what I am talking about.

While I was setting up the Feedburner feed, I set up a WidgetBox, which is the box below and which is used to display the feed here on this website.

Get the RSS Widget widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing a widget? (More info)

What? of course, these are all free web services. (Altho, not provided by me)

Update I also used the tags “locationscouting“, “location+scouting“, “location-scouting” and “location_scouting” on del.icio.us Tag Masher – 4 Tags Pipe.


Feedburner Feed made from Derek’s Pipe w/ tags applied:


del.icio.us :: TagMasher locationscouting Feed


Yahoo Feed of my clone

Location Scouting / Location Management News Yahoo Pipe

Location Scouting – Location Management News

This page updates regularly with excerpts of news related to location scouting and location management for production for film / photo / video / television.

The graphic below was created using Yahoo Pipes and although innovative in concept, I have had little luck so far getting it to work on a consistent basis and only then with a considerable amount of code tweaking which is not my forte or an activity I have any desire whatsoever to spend any significant amount of time being involved with.

Suffice to say, I’d rather be out location scouting.

Resources media resources used in the creation of the aforementioned Pipe include:


Yahoo Pipes at Amazon