9 Month later: is Yahoo pipes a success?

Microsoft Popfly has been publicly released two weeks ago, I’ve played a little bit with it: very impressive graphically, but it’s hard to do something really useful beyond the usual “get flickr pictures and show them in a cool way…”…

I was wondering is it because of the limitation of such tool, or because I’ve just not see them. So I made a little bit of research on Yahoo!Pipes.
 First, I must admit that even if less impressive graphically, Yahoo!Pipes seems much more useful at a first step. Maybe it’s more programmer oriented, but connection and the rest seems easiest to manage.
But then, I’ve tried to find some  interesting pipes: I’ve been through the list of Pipes, and hardly find something really useful. The most used pipe seems to be the ‘del.icio.us flavored web search”, by PashaSadri, which was run 45610 times. The second one, Badger, has been run 25654 times….

But for a so visible service like Pipes, by one of the top three internet companies, seems relatively low numbers, especially regarding the excitement generated at the launch time.

But the worst thing, is that it’s quite hard to find really useful stuff. Two options:

  • It’s not possible to do “real” innovative things using such technology
  • Service did not found his users yet. It’s just a question of time (and eventually user interface), and Microsoft Popfly could eventually take over this space.

My guess, it’s a little bit of the two: users don’t really interested by these, they already have plenty of tools, to do search, etc…So what is the value (fort them) to spend time to learn such thing?

iPhone ‘not so open’ SDK?

So Apple announced the availability of the iPhone SDK for February next year.

Seems to be a good news, but a few sentences makes me feel unconfortable: there is a big paragraph about virus, malware and so on :

“There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network.”

I don’t think that there are such virus yet (I know that on Symbian phones, there are some Bluetooth viruses), so why are they putting so much empathis on this? It seems the “good reason” to block third party developpers:

We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

Let me guess: if you want to deploy on an IPhone, you will have to be “Apple Certified” developper? Or may be “Operator Certified”? We are back to the good old security issue on mobile, where independent third party application will be so restricted that it will be impossible to make it run on a mobile.
 May be I’m wrong, but wait and see…
On the same topic, read Russel Beatties “Third Party Applications on the iPhone…Translated

Webwag seed funding announced…

We’ve finally announced the seed funding of Webwag that was kept silent since some time. The press release is here.

And finally, Techcrunch finally made a reference to us (ok, Techchrunch fr only but better than nothing).

Also, we’ll be in the states in the coming weeks, in the bay area: for the Web2.0 Summit,  and WidgetSummit conference, Mobile2.0 Event where we are speaker, and at the CTIA where will be announcing (let’s cross fingers) some interesting things.