Yahoo shutters Pipes

Thank you for using Yahoo Pipes! To help focus our efforts on core Yahoo product experiences, users will no longer be able to create new Pipes starting August 30th 2015. The service will be put in read-only mode until we will discontinue Yahoo Pipes on September 30th 2015.

Yahoo Pipes screnshotWell that sucks big time.  Not altogether unsurprising given the lack of attention that Yahoo had paid to Pipes over the last few years (as an indicator, the last post on the Yahoo Pipes blog before the EoL notice was back in 2012), but even so, there are very few services around the net that provided such a comprehensive toolkit of feed and app integrations.  I’d used Pipes for at least half a decade, primarily for aggregating my many blogs into one consolidated feed, and had looked around for alternatives on at least three or four occasions, but had never found an alternative with the power and ease-of-use that Pipes offered. A sad day.

An aside: did Pipes ever actually make it out of beta?

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!