Creating a Filtered RSS Feed Using Yahoo! Pipes

Do you read any blogs that just seem to have too many posts to read? Perhaps you are only interested in reading certain posts. With Yahoo! Pipes you can easily create a custom web page and RSS feed to handle your filtering requests.

  1. Go to Yahoo! Pipes. Get an account if you don’t have one.
  2. Select CREATE A PIPE.
  3. On the left side, drag a FETCH FEED module from the Sources onto the grid canvas.
  4. Add the URL of the RSS Feed for the Blog you are interested in filtering. For this example, I will be using the financial blog The Big Picture.
  5. Expand the Operators section and drag a FILTER module onto the grid canvas.
  6. Drag a PIPE to connect the FETCH FEED to the FILTER.
  7. Create your FILTER rule. For this example, I am going to PERMIT ALL items that follow the Rule: item.category CONTAINS “Psychology/Sediment”.
  8. Drag a PIPE from the bottom of the FILTER to PIPE OUTPUT.
  9. Save the PIPE.
  10. Run the PIPE. Now you will see a page displaying just posts in the Psychology/Sediment category. This page will also have its own RSS feed.
  11. At this point, you can optional publish the PIPE to allow other users access.


2015 UPDATE: Yahoo Pipes! is being shutdown

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Critical MAS is the blog for Michael Allen Smith of Seattle, Washington. My interests include traditional food, fitness, economics, and web development.