Modifying RSS Feeds: 2 Minute Yahoo Pipes Video Demo

While many people use Yahoo Pipes to filter RSS feeds, Pipes can also be used to modify RSS feeds to work better for your purposes. In this example, we will add the author name to the beginning of the title to make it easier to see the author without opening the item in your rss reader. I recommend watching the Introduction to Yahoo Pipes: 2 minute Yahoo Pipes Video Demo if you haven’t already, since we’re going use the basic pipe developed in that demo using fetch feed and sort modules, but without the filter module.

More Details

  • The Demo Pipe. A copy of the Modifying RSS Feeds demo pipe click “View Source” to see the modules.
  • Fetch Feed. Fetches the elements from 2 feeds: ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM.
  • Sort Module. Sort by date in descending order to make sure things are sorted in a logical manner.
  • Loop module with String Builder Module. Loops through each element in the feed and builds a string with item.author: item.title. This string is assigned back into item.title.
  • 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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4 Responses to “Modifying RSS Feeds: 2 Minute Yahoo Pipes Video Demo”


  • Dawn, this was utterly brilliant. I was blown away by the simplicity of this tutorial. Previously, I’d been intimidated by the Loop, but — you just made it very clear to me. Infinite Kudos.

  • Amber, I’m glad I could help. For some reason, Yahoo Pipes always seems more complicated than is until you see a really simple example of how to use it. I’m happy that you are enjoying the videos, and I hope to see you at the user group meeting!

  • I hope to make it there too — but I may be on some sort of crazy Wikipedia retreat until some time in the future. :) I’ll make it to the next one, though!

  • Awesome – you just solved a problem. I don’t have to speak to a dev guy now.

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