Are VoIP/Convergence/Telecom/SIP bloggers really original or do they just keep picking up posts from each other?
Let's have some fun. I wrote up a Yahoo Pipe (What?? you don't know what they are??) that compares the feeds from:
Check it out here and see what happens when the above four blogs are put to the 'copycat' test :-)
I applaud the Yahoo team for coming out with such a great tool to let users apply diverse data into a personalized flow. Raw Data becomes useful information, only when you provide the right means to personalize them.
(Disclaimer: This post is just an excuse for me to test Yahoo Pipes - a very very nice new concept in personalized aggregation. It is not really meant to discover if we are all original or not - so don't complain if you think the algorithm for originality is rubbish!)
For a more serious example of how it helps, remember my earlier post where I was complaining that the new blogger beta was sorting feed by update date not published date, and this resulted in old posts showing up for all my readers even if I fixed a typo? Yahoo Pipes solves it so simply - all I had to do was create a new pipe with a 'fetch' for my blogger feed and then sort it by published date and then export that feed to my feedburner input. Simple huh ?
Or, take another little more complicate example, where in addition to providing site feed, I show how to also add another feed attribute which shows who all links to each post.
Note: Yahoo Pipes is very slow after launch. Yahoo says too many people are overloading it - they hope to get better in a few days, so if you see no output of my pipe, run it again !