Blog Entries from April 2013
Posted on April 25, 2013 by Andy Jones
I'm happy to announce the availability of RSS for creating pipes.
You can now create pipes that consume RSS feeds as well as create your own custom RSS feeds from the events that occur online.
RSS feeds are ubiquitious to blogs and other streams of information. The recent shutdown of Google Reader caused an uproar in the RSS community. Although Google decided to shutdown their reader (probably because they have competing projects in the pipeline), the RSS community is alive and well. Every blog has the friendly little RSS icon available for you to subscribe. RSS allows you to consume information in the way and format of your choosing. We want to further increase the way you can create and consume RSS feeds.
You can now get alerts when an RSS feed updates. These updates can be by text (SMS) message or email. Or you can take RSS updates from your blog and automatically tweet them or add them as your Facebook status message.
If you want to stay on top of your favorite blog, you can now consume these blogs in the format of your choosing. When your favorite blog posts something new, we can read the new RSS item and then pipe that to whichever service you prefect. E-mail it to yourself, add it to Evernote, Trello, Dropbox, Gdrive or more.
Last, and perhaps most exciting, you can create new RSS feeds from the things that occur online. If an RSS feed is your preferred way to digest information, then you can create an RSS feed out of anything that occurs that we implement. Want to receive Trello updates via RSS feed? Great! Want to view tweets from some Twitter user in RSS feed? We think that's awesome.
Check it out! If you have any issues with the RSS implementation, please let me know and I'll look into it immediately.
Posted on April 22, 2013 by Andy Jones
I am happy to announce the addition of Google Calendar to the list of services we support.
You can now creates pipes that run when an event is added and/or updated in your calendar. You may also add new events to your calendar.
I chatted with one individual who used text messaging to Google Calendar to keep track of his time. He would simply send a text message to the PipeThru phone number which would add an entry to his calendar. At the end of the week, he could take a look at his calendar to determine all the time he worked. This saves an incredible amount of record-keeping and sanity on his part.
Check it out! If you have any issues with the Google Calendar implementation, please let us know and we'll look into them immediately.
Posted on April 9, 2013 by Andy Jones
One of the most useful pipes that I've used so far is the text message to Trello. When I text message a certain number, my text message is automatically added to Trello. Although the phone number I text is a random one assigned by PipeThru, I can save it as a contact in my phone for handy reference. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Trello, it is a fantastic to-do organize anything web app that I've seen. Trello has become a wonderful extension of my brain.
When I find myself at networking events, this pipe is incredibly useful. I always have my phone with me, but rarely any other device to record notes such as an iPad, or even a notepad and a pen. Whatever connection we make, whether the connection is an idea, contact information, or whatever, I simply send a quick text and forget about it. After I come home after the event, I have a tidy list of things to do and people to contact.
You could also text notes to Google Drive or Dropbox. I chatted with a friend of mine at Bull City Co-working about this very thing. While out at a job-site, he'll need to take notes, but will not find a pencil and paper handy. He'll need to record notes about hours worked, things completed, and things to pickup or buy for the next visit. This saves him an enormous amount of time and, I imagine, a great deal of sanity.
If you want to give this particular pipe a try, please get started now!
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Posted on April 5, 2013 by Andy Jones
We're happy to announce the official launch of PipeThru.com. We've launched with 8 initial services with are: Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google+, Text messages, Stripe, Trello, and Twitter.
If you're around Bull City Co-working in downtown Durham from 5pm - 7pm today, please stop by and enjoy a beer. We'll be celebrating and conversing about things to come.
There are more services to come in the following weeks. We also aim generalize PipeThru. Right now, PipeThru is wonderful if you know exactly what services you'd like to integrate. We offer the building blocks, you just need to put them together. In the coming weeks, we'll offer a way to create pipes automatically based on problems you'd like to solve in life.
Any feedback or questions, please direct them to Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.