Pipes - bring mashups to the educated masses?

Nearly all of my RSS feeds this morning where reporting on Pipes from Yahoo with gushing enthusiasm. The official Yahoo site says

Pipes is a hosted service that lets you remix feeds and create new data mashups in a visual programming environment. The name of the service pays tribute to Unix pipes, which let programmers do astonishingly clever things by making it easy to chain simple utilities together on the command line.

Philosophy Behind the Project

There is a rapidly-growing body of well-structured data available online in the form of XML feeds. These feeds range from simple lists of blog entries and news stories to more structured, machine-generated data sources like the Yahoo! Maps Traffic RSS feed. Because of the dearth of tools for manipulating these data sources in meaningful ways, their use has so far largely been limited to feed readers

Some bloggers even commented that they thought this could be a turning point for Yahoo's fortunes given Pipes potential to "rewire the web" and allow a wider group of people to combine online services/data/facilities into useful facilities for their own personal or wider use. Not sure about that yet, but I will be trying it out soon.

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