Why would you ever want to use Yahoo Pipes you might be wondering? Let's say that you have mastered using an RSS reader like bloglines or google reader or event NetVibes to read feeds. And you've integrated reading feeds from blogs and web sites into your daily routine. And let's say that your social media radar includes using "persistent search" (plugging in some key words into technorati search or blog search engine and subscribing to it via RSS).
Now, let's say you've been doing that for months, but you're finding that your persistent search feeds are casting too wide a net and you're getting a lot of information that you're not interested in reading. That's where Yahoo Pipes can really help you.
Here's an example of a Yahoo pipe that Marnie Webb put together that tracks nonprofit technology resources. To filter it further, Marnie used AIDERSS to filter the pipe to create the NPTech Popular Yahoo Pipe (with inspiration and help from Marshall)
What are some ways that you are fine-tuning your social media listening skills? If using google alerts and blogreaders are great entry steps, how do you take your listening to the next level?