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Here’s how to create an RSS feed of a Twitter List

Here’s how to create an RSS feed of a Twitter List
piers.scott@sociable.co'

With the purchase of TweetDeck this week for a reported $50m by Twitter the company has removed one the largest third party clients from the open market.  And, more importantly, it has also removed the application from the hands of Ubermedia, who also had their eye on the TweetDeck client, possibly with the aim of using it as a platform to launch its own microblogging service.

As part of Twitter’s aim of protecting its platform the social network has been limiting the number of RSS feeds it publishes for its content.  This has lead some to accuse the site of creating a walled garden and of killing its ecosystem.

We reported last week how it is still possible to generate an RSS feed for your own or another user’s tweets.

Since then people has been asking us if it is possible to create an RSS feed for a Twitter List.  We had a look and there is (and it is easy to do).

Twitter Error Message

Twitter Error Message

To generate an RSS feed of a Twitter List you have to make two alterations to a standardised URL; http://api.twitter.com/1/AUTHOR/lists/TWITTER-LIST/statuses.atom

For more information about finding Twitter RSS/Atom links;

To turn this into an RSS feed all you have to do is change AUTHOR to the name of the Twitter user who created the list and then change TWITTER-LIST to the name of the Twitter List.

So, for example, this URL returns the tweets from the Sociable’s Irish Blogs and Bloggers Twitter List, http://api.twitter.com/1/thesociable/lists/irish-blogs-and-bloggers/statuses.atom

You can subscribe to this RSS feed using your favourite RSS reader, such as Firefox or Google Reader.

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    SergioGarde

    May 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    There is another option named http://twitterfeeder.com

    You give the username of the user and it generates de the RSS link in one step

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      KellyYoung

      October 2, 2011 at 10:51 AM

      @SergioGarde Thank you

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      SleepyMoose.com

      November 17, 2011 at 12:34 AM

      You legend! Thank you! :)

  3. sergio_garde@hotmail.com'

    SergioGarde

    May 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    There is another option named http://twitterfeeder.com

    You give the username of the user and it generates de the RSS link in one step

    • darrenmccarra@gmail.com'

      darrenmccarra

      May 14, 2011 at 6:45 PM

      @SergioGarde Looks like a good service Sergio.

    • rfvdina@yahoo.com'

      KellyYoung

      October 2, 2011 at 10:51 AM

      @SergioGarde Thank you

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      SleepyMoose.com

      November 17, 2011 at 1:34 AM

      You legend! Thank you! :)

  4. darrenmccarra@gmail.com'

    darrenmccarra

    May 14, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    @SergioGarde Looks like a good service Sergio.

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    elmurdoc

    July 29, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    it works with outlook but not with google reader

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    elmurdoc

    July 29, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    it works with outlook but not with google reader

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    thesociable

    August 14, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    To make things easier, we have just published this article which will generate Twitter RSS feeds for profiles, lists, and searches http://bit.ly/pBGU5q

  12. the@sociable.co'

    thesociable

    August 14, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    To make things easier, we have just published this article which will generate Twitter RSS feeds for profiles, lists, and searches http://bit.ly/pBGU5q

  13. the@sociable.co'

    thesociable

    August 14, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    Update: We’ve created a Twitter RSS generator – check it out http://bit.ly/oDEFsP

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    thesociable

    August 14, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    Update: We’ve created a Twitter RSS generator – check it out http://bit.ly/oDEFsP

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