User Input: 2 Minute Yahoo Pipes Video Demo

This video shows how to request a user input and use the keyword from the user as the filter in a Yahoo Pipe. If you haven’t already watched the 2 Minute Yahoo Pipes Introductory Demo, I strongly suggest that you watch it. The user input demo starts with the simple pipe created in the introductory demo and changes the filters from keywords hardcoded in the introductory pipe to the keyword from the user input.

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More Details

  • The Demo Pipe. A copy of the User Input Demo Pipe click “View Source” to see the modules.
  • Fetch Feed Module. Contains 2 feeds: ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM.
  • Text Input Module. Leave Name and Position as the defaults. Prompt: “enter a keyword” or other instructions for the user. Default and Debug: “apple” in this example. You can generally use the same term for default and debug, but make sure that you use a word commonly found in your feeds that will generate enough volume for testing and will generate default results for your users to view.
  • Filter Module. Filter by the keyword entered in the user input module by connecting the text input to the filter module as seen in the demo.
  • Sort Module. Sort by date in descending order to make sure things are sorted in a logical manner.
  • Pipe Output. The final module in every Yahoo Pipe.

I’ve created many Yahoo Pipes, and most of them have been published on my Yahoo Pipes and RSS Hacks page where you can also learn more about my Yahoo Pipes Training courses.

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3 Responses to “User Input: 2 Minute Yahoo Pipes Video Demo”


  • Cool! I never knew how to do that before now! Thanks!

  • It’s amazing what you can learn in 2 minutes :)

    I fear that the demos will start to get longer as I get into more complex tasks.

  • Dawn, I’ve really enjoyed your quick tutorials on Yahoo Pipes. It’s a great tool. I’ve set up a keyword search pipe checking “trusted” twitter subgroups I created which include celebs, lawmakers, athletes, etc, as a way to see what “important” people are tweeting about a particular topic. However, I get a lot of bad or limited results because the filter can handle only a single word. Is there a way to set up a more sophisticated search algorithm, boolean-based I suppose, that would allow for multiple and linked terms, such as “MJ” and “Michael Jackson”? Thanks much!

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