Google has just released a new web based tool for developers. GoogleMashUps allows developers to take rss/atom feeds from different sources and “mash” them together to create new applications. Mashup apps are not new to the web (see: www.housingmaps.com), but now they are easier than ever to create and publish.
I created my own test mash up app, which combines Chicago Yelp! reviews with Google maps. You can check it out at http://yelpmap.googlemashups.com. Click on the review on the left to see it on the map along with a summary and a link to the full review.
If you are familar with XML or HTML GoogleMashUps isn’t difficult to use. This app took me about 20 mins to build and publish.