Great write-up on TechCrunch on the different 'mashup' services available on the Web today. The article compares the recently-launched Yahoo Pipes, with Jeff Nolan's Teqlo, veteran New Yorkers Proto, Dapper and OpenKapow from Kapow Technologies. All of them allow you to mix and match web-based applications and data to create new mashup applications. These services mainly differ in what types of data inputs they can handle, and what level of technical skills you need to use them.
But what's really interesting is how the technologies around mashups are starting to mature and complement each other. Dapper and OpenKapow are becoming the means to turn the broader Web into mashable services, while Teqlo and Yahoo Pipes are ways of mashing these services together into widgets or new data feeds. As Teqlo CEO Jeff Nolan points out: the dirty little secret of today's Web 2.0 is that 99% of websites are still very much 1.0, in other words, they don't publish APIs you can use. Before the Web really becomes mashable by Teqlo, it needs to be 'activated for use' by OpenKapow.
Let's see what composite applications can be created by the combination of these tools.