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How to generate RSS feeds for a Pinterest user & specific Pinterest Boards

How to generate RSS feeds for a Pinterest user & specific Pinterest Boards
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Yes this article is about Pinterest but no, we’re not going to talk about the site’s astonishing rise or its revolutionary design features.  Instead we’re going to talk about something old school, RSS.

Pinterest RSS

As you might know we love RSS but over the past year fewer and fewer sites are including RSS as a service for their users.  In 2011 Twitter removed its RSS options from the site, although, as we’ve shown, it is still possible to generate RSS feeds for user profiles, Twitter lists, and searches.  And last year Google+ launched without any native RSS support.

So what of Pinterest’s RSS support?  Pinterest does offer a general RSS option but if you want specific RSS feeds you need to do a little work.

Pinterest Fire Hose RSS
The site does provide an RSS option for user profiles; this feed combines all the latest pins a user has created regardless of which board they are in.  To generate this RSS simply click on the user’s profile and select the RSS icon on the left of the page.  Another way to do this is to add feed.rss to the end of the user’s profile; for example, if you want to see the latest pins by Felicia Day your RSS URL would look like this http://pinterest.com/feliciaday/feed.rss.

Pinterest Board RSS
Following a specific board created by a user via RSS is less obvious.  If you visit a user’s Pinterest Board you’ll see that there are no links to subscribe to that board’s RSS feed.  But you can still generate a feed for it.

The RSS feed will show you the last 20 or so pins created in that board rather than the full contents.   You won’t be able to see the comments for pin but your feed will be updated when new items are added.

As for Pinterest search, it doesn’t look like there is a way to generate an RSS feed just yet.

Archive your Pinterest RSS
If you want to archive your Pinterest RSS feeds you can do so using Google Reader.  Using the RSS links above Google’s RSS application will allow you to store a Pinterest user’s, or their Board’s, pins – including pins they might have deleted from their account.

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41 Comments

  1. Abbeyhu7

    April 4, 2012 at 1:15 AM

  2. Abbeyhu7

    April 4, 2012 at 1:15 AM

  3. brian@brianshaffer.com'

    BrianShaffer

    May 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Awesome. Can’t wait until they make RSS feeds for search queries.

  4. brian@brianshaffer.com'

    BrianShaffer

    May 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Awesome. Can’t wait until they make RSS feeds for search queries.

    • pdscott.signup+livefyre@gmail.com'

      pdscott

      May 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

       @BrianShaffer It is kind of possible to create an RSS feed for Pinterest search – you have to use Google Alerts though, so the feed will update when Google indexes new Pinterest content rather than in realtime when new content is published on Pinterest.
       
      Let’s say you want to create an RSS feed for pins that mention ireland you would have to go to alerts.google.com and search for;
       
      ireland site:pinterest.com/
       
      then follow the options to create an RSS or email alert. I can do a tutorial on this for the site, if you like

    • pdscott.signup+livefyre@gmail.com'

      pdscott

      May 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

       @BrianShaffer It is kind of possible to create an RSS feed for Pinterest search – you have to use Google Alerts though, so the feed will update when Google indexes new Pinterest content rather than in realtime when new content is published on Pinterest.
       
      Let’s say you want to create an RSS feed for pins that mention ireland you would have to go to alerts.google.com and search for;
       
      ireland site:pinterest.com/
       
      then follow the options to create an RSS or email alert. I can do a tutorial on this for the site, if you like

    • pdscott.signup+livefyre@gmail.com'

      pdscott

      May 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

       @BrianShaffer It is kind of possible to create an RSS feed for Pinterest search – you have to use Google Alerts though, so the feed will update when Google indexes new Pinterest content rather than in realtime when new content is published on Pinterest.
       
      Let’s say you want to create an RSS feed for pins that mention ireland you would have to go to alerts.google.com and search for;
       
      ireland site:pinterest.com/
       
      then follow the options to create an RSS or email alert. I can do a tutorial on this for the site, if you like

    • pdscott.signup+livefyre@gmail.com'

      pdscott

      May 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

       @BrianShaffer It is kind of possible to create an RSS feed for Pinterest search – you have to use Google Alerts though, so the feed will update when Google indexes new Pinterest content rather than in realtime when new content is published on Pinterest.
       
      Let’s say you want to create an RSS feed for pins that mention ireland you would have to go to alerts.google.com and search for;
       
      ireland site:pinterest.com/
       
      then follow the options to create an RSS or email alert. I can do a tutorial on this for the site, if you like

    • pdscott.signup+livefyre@gmail.com'

      pdscott

      May 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

       @BrianShaffer It is kind of possible to create an RSS feed for Pinterest search – you have to use Google Alerts though, so the feed will update when Google indexes new Pinterest content rather than in realtime when new content is published on Pinterest.
       
      Let’s say you want to create an RSS feed for pins that mention ireland you would have to go to alerts.google.com and search for;
       
      ireland site:pinterest.com/
       
      then follow the options to create an RSS or email alert. I can do a tutorial on this for the site, if you like

      • bixerdo+livefyre@gmail.com'

        bixerdo

        May 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM

         @pdscott That´s exactly what I was looking for.
        Thought there would be a syntax for these rss feeds (involving tags or something like that and similar to feeds for users or boards) but using alerts soundsOK too.
        By the way, do this kind of alerts work properly? I´m not a thoroughly devoted admirer of its results

        • pdscott.signup+livefyre@gmail.com'

          pdscott

          May 16, 2012 at 8:54 PM

           @bixerdo I wouldn’t depend on Google Alerts as a replacement for a native site’s RSS but it is useful in cases where sites don’t provide feeds.  
           
          In my experience it works best on sites that are frequently visited (e.g Google Plus)

  5. brian@brianshaffer.com'

    BrianShaffer

    May 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Awesome. Can’t wait until they make RSS feeds for search queries.

    • pdscott.signup+livefyre@gmail.com'

      pdscott

      May 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

       @BrianShaffer It is kind of possible to create an RSS feed for Pinterest search – you have to use Google Alerts though, so the feed will update when Google indexes new Pinterest content rather than in realtime when new content is published on Pinterest.
       
      Let’s say you want to create an RSS feed for pins that mention ireland you would have to go to alerts.google.com and search for;
       
      ireland site:pinterest.com/
       
      then follow the options to create an RSS or email alert. I can do a tutorial on this for the site, if you like

      • bixerdo+livefyre@gmail.com'

        bixerdo

        May 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM

         @pdscott That´s exactly what I was looking for.
        Thought there would be a syntax for these rss feeds (involving tags or something like that and similar to feeds for users or boards) but using alerts soundsOK too.
        By the way, do this kind of alerts work properly? I´m not a thoroughly devoted admirer of its results

        • pdscott.signup+livefyre@gmail.com'

          pdscott

          May 16, 2012 at 8:54 PM

           @bixerdo I wouldn’t depend on Google Alerts as a replacement for a native site’s RSS but it is useful in cases where sites don’t provide feeds.  
           
          In my experience it works best on sites that are frequently visited (e.g Google Plus)

  6. thiemehennis@gmail.com'

    hennis

    May 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    thanks!

  7. thiemehennis@gmail.com'

    hennis

    May 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    thanks!

  8. thomas@jollans.com'

    freezombie

    July 4, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Check out http://pinterestfeed.appspot.com/ for RSS feeds with full-sized versions of pinned photos.

  9. thomas@jollans.com'

    freezombie

    July 4, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Check out http://pinterestfeed.appspot.com/ for RSS feeds with full-sized versions of pinned photos.

  10. thomas@jollans.com'

    freezombie

    July 4, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Check out http://pinterestfeed.appspot.com/ for RSS feeds with full-sized versions of pinned photos.

  11. sharjeelahmed78@yahoo.co.in'

    sharpost

    July 11, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    How can i get rss feed of pins i have liked?

    • the@sociable.co'

      thesociable

      July 11, 2012 at 3:01 PM

       @sharpost Hi, good question- can you send us a link (if that’s public) to your liked pins page and we’ll have a look

      • sharjeelahmed78@yahoo.co.in'

        sharpost

        August 2, 2012 at 6:05 PM

         @thesociable sure th elink is as below
        http://pinterest.com/sharpost/pins/?filter=likes
        i would wait to hear from you on this

        • pdscott.signup+livefyre@gmail.com'

          pdscott

          August 2, 2012 at 9:45 PM

           @sharpost  @thesociable It doesn’t like there is a way to do it natively through the site but you could try going to Google Alerts and using this search term>> inurl:likes site:pinterest.com/sharpost/pins/We know that Google indexes Pinterest likes pages http://j.mp/NWAeWW so it might index individual pins.

  12. pstokstad@mum.edu'

    Paul

    July 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    We’re using the rss feed, but find that the titles get truncated. Not sure how to fix that one pstokstad@mum.edu

    • pdscott.signup+livefyre@gmail.com'

      pdscott

      August 2, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      Sadly it looks like it is built into the RSS to only show 20 characters in the titles

    • thomas@jollans.com'

      freezombie

      August 2, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      That’s one of the things I fixed in http://pinterestfeed.appspot.com/

  13. Rrproductions@Clara.net'

    jedi_roach

    October 3, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Great stuff thanks

  14. cvivenzio@gmail.com'

    cvivenzio

    March 8, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    The pinterest rss feeds are now gone.  I can’t find any replacement for them.  You can still use a site like http://www.photolist.me to import your pinterest images (and others) and create a custom rss or json feed though.

  15. clive.roach@philips.com'

    jedi_roach

    March 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I found that the Pinterest RSS feeds are still working. Using explorer I see them OK. This still works for the profiles http://pinterest.com/cliveroach/feed.rss and the boards http://pinterest.com/cliveroach/social-media-give-me-a-break.rss

  16. cvivenzio@gmail.com'

    cvivenzio

    March 11, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    I found that it depends on if you are on the pinterest “new look” site.  Under my name in the top right of the screen I have an option for “switch to new look”.  When I switch to that the rss feeds break because they do a redirect.
     
    For example if I go to
    http://pinterest.com/carloviv15/baby-ideas.rss
     
    it redirects to
    http://pinterest.com/carloviv15/baby-ideas.rss/
     
    which is broken.  I haven’t tried accessing it programatically yet so this may just be a temporary bug with the new look site.

  17. clive.roach@philips.com'

    jedi_roach

    March 11, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    @cvivenzio I also switched to the new look and the RSS links still worked for me.

  18. cvivenzio@gmail.com'

    cvivenzio

    March 12, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Very strange, I tried different browsers on different computers with different accounts and I’m seeing the same redirect behavior when on the new interface.  When I access it programatically I don’t run into any problems.
     
    For my project I ended up using http://www.photolist.me anyways because they use a different solution that allows you to import pictures from boards or searches with multiple pages (hundreds or thousands of pins).
     
    Correct me if I’m wrong but as far as I can tell you can’t get to subsequent pages of pins with the rss feeds

  19. clive.roach@philips.com'

    jedi_roach

    March 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    @cvivenzio I can click through to a pin, and from then on you can go to any part of Pinterest

  20. lynnaj12@gmail.com'

    peoplefw

    April 22, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    this was really useful. learned a lot. thanks!

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    BiancaRockr

    July 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Hi, nice post. Do you know if the LIKES board has a RSS feed? Whats the url?

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    CaptainPalapa

    March 31, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Would love to find out how to do a Pinterest search RSS if its ever possible.

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