It is all about the data

As a side project I have been looking to see how Lotus Expeditor can “fit” into the Web 2.0 space. Web 2.0 is really all about the data – the data is the most important part of any Web 2.0 application and what makes the data special is the fact that many people supply it at their own will. As you know I am a huge fan of Google Reader and use it as my primary reader for RSS feeds. I recently created a Yahoo Pipe to get a listing of any blog entry (spanning about 5 sites) that mention “Expeditor”. While I find the pipe model very cool with its ability to add logic and filtering, it is limiting in that the data may not grow like other services like Digg or Technorati. The problem is I have to update the Pipe myself with what feeds it pulls in.

However, the other cool thing is you can search the pipes and tag them – like many other Web 2.0 applications. Even more, you can get an RSS feed of any pipe or add someone else's pipe to yours (as a source).

This is a great concept because it puts programming power into the end user and lets them customize the feeds they see. Another great example of a “Mashup” or “Composite Application”.

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