I have been meaning to get into Yahoo’s new tool Pipes for a while and have just not found the time because a tool like this has the ability to change the face of the web as we know it.
My first reaction when it was launched was “How can I apply this to the HR/Recruitment space?” Obvious place is jobs and candidates. My recent discussions with Kevin Howard from Jobs in HR, started me thinking could I with Yahoo Pipes create my own vertical search tool for jobs?
So over the last week or so I have made some time. My thoughts.
- Yahoo Pipes is not for the feint hearted
- You need to be at least part geek to even get going
- It is far more powerful than you first think
- When will the first company be launched using Yahoo Pipes as the development platform, I am not even sure the TOS allow it but an interesting thought
- Way cool AJAX web 2.0 application, they have set the benchmark for anyone who is looking to build a web application today
So my first attempt at a Pipe is my blog’s feed in pictures from Flickr. This one takes the feed identifies major tags in the content and then looks up photos on Flickr that match. Cute but it will not change the world. The RSS feed is also available.
So what about something more useful? Local Jobs in Melbourne? I have taken Google Base, Seek, MyCareer (IT Only as they don’t allow you to browse all jobs in a single location), CareerOne as inputs, sorted by Industry and Posting Date. The result as an RSS feed of jobs from these sources.
What about user defined search criteria? Here is one that allows you to enter the state (abbreviation) and city in Australia to find jobs.
As I play with the tool further I am going to see what sort of Recruiter tools could be built with the service.