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The explosion of applications and services the Internet has generated makes it difficult to track things we write, actions we take and share, things we “favorite” or other collective social tasks. We need a simple-to-use system to pull data and information from one service and push it properly formed into another service. The challenge is having a way to use the application programming interface (API) to query the information, extract it, parse the results, put it in a usable format and then pass it to an interface for easy display or to another service that can make sense of it.

Years back, Yahoo built a service called Pipes that provided a way to point at the source API, extract potentially helpful information and do something with that data/information. The interface was quite daunting for those with non-technical (or even moderate) skills, but many services built in Pipes still run quite well today, and many depend on those services to ease information flow.

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