Way back when, in the heady days of Web 2.0, there was a service that could connect the output of one website into the input of another, tweaking the content a little as it flowed from one service to the next.

That service was Yahoo Pipes, which was discontinued two years ago.
It’s still sadly missed by many looking for a bit of DIY plumbing to build the web they want. When Yahoo closed Pipes, many workflows were lost, including some that had been running for years.Thus, it should be no surprise that others are trying to replicate some of Pipes’ functionality.
If This Then That (IFTTT) is probably the best known, with its simple trigger- and output-based flows.

Although IFTTT is focused on consumer scenarios, it’s found some business use for building personal applications (or as IFTTT calls them, applets) that scratch a very personal itch.

At a larger scale, Zapier offers more complex applications, with multistep branching workflows.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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