YAHOO PIPES suddenly expands my two-way flow of information. On the day when I discovered three different sploggers repurposing information I wrote about several models of mobile phones, I have to wonder about the implicit permission I give readers who subscribe to the feed from this weblog. After all, if I publish a feed, most think I intend to attract subscribers. And if subscribers opt to request the feed several times an hour, don't I implicitly agree to that load on my server? When readers republish my feed, bracketed by advertisements, should I be alarmed? Although I can point to passionate responses to some of those questions, I cannot tell anyone new to blogging that universal agreement exists on proper terms of usage for web feeds. And now, the exceptionally powerful social software of Yahoo Pipes takes the game to another level. The spammers are going to love these new pipes, even though Dave Winer thinks they're overhyped.
I consider Yahoo! Pipes to be one easy way to grab other people's content, to filter and refine it, and then reuse it in interesting and innovative ways. This remix brings us closer to the original vision of a hypertext, put forward by Vannevar Bush in the 1940s and realised by Tim Berners-Lee at Cern in the 1980's.