Twitter hasn’t killed RSS just yet, here’s how to find your Twitter feed RSS url

Since redesigning its site Twitter has been accused of killing its previously open ecosystem.  The focus of the accusations comes from Twitter’s removal of RSS feeds on each user’s profile.  Twitter has said this is a design glitch that will be fixed but until that happens, if it ever will, there still are ways to get access a Twitter user’s RSS feed.

Twitter Planned Maintenance Message

Credit: Twitter

Previously if you visited a Twitter profile, such as http://twitter.com/thesociable, you could subscribe to a feed of that account’s tweets and favourite’d messages. Now Twitter only gives access to the user’s favourite’d messages.  So, what do you do if you want to subscribe to that user’s tweets?

[Update, 2011-05-05: We've added a post to show you how to get the RSS feed for a Twitter List here.]

Well, there are two ways to access Twitter RSS feeds.

The first method is the easiest, if you visit Twitter’s search page and search for a Twitter user’s handler, such as @thesociable, you can subscribe to an RSS for that search term (there is a link to the RSS feed on the top right of the page). Twitter has since removed this method, although you can still generate an RSS feed for a search term, although it’s a bit complicated.

For more information about finding Twitter RSS/Atom links;

With the second method if you want to subscribe directly to a user’s Twitter feed you need to do a small (but easy) bit of hacking.  A standard Twitter user’s RSS feed looks like this; http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/XXX.rss

The XXX is an ID unique to each Twitter account.  To get your, or any Twitter user’s, RSS URL you should replace the XXX with their ID number.

There are a number of sites that can show you a user’s id, such as idfromuser.com, which will reveal a user’s ID from their Twitter username.  So, using this the Sociable’s Twitter url is http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/174451720.rss.

If, on the off chance, you want to subscribe to Justin Bieber’s RSS feed (and why wouldn’t you…) you can use this address http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/27260086.rss.

You can then subscribe to these feeds using your favourite RSS client such as Google Reader or Firefox.

Follow this author
Subscribe to Piers on Facebook
Follow Piers on Google+
Filed under Tags: , , , , , , , , .
Discussion
28 comments
Neil_Ball
Neil_Ball

The RSS has now been removed from Twitter and the API has been switched off. It is still possible to create a Twitter Tweet RSS feed.The video in this link explain how to do it http://youtu.be/lDIlzualBsQ

JoBrodie
JoBrodie

14 October 2012, 10 am, watching Frasier :-)

 

Twitter has killed off the old style of RSS feed URL but the URLs I've collected here should work until 5 March 2013 when Twitter switches off support for RSS entirely.

 

http://brodiesnotes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/has-twitter-killed-rss-feeds-yet.html

 

They are (just swap your screen name or search term for my examples):

 

User: https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=jobrodie

Mentions: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=@jobrodie

Favourites: http://api.twitter.com/1/favorites.rss?screen_name=jobrodie

Search: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=fluffy%20bunnies (%20 acts as 'space')

Hashtag search: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=%23scicomm  (%23 acts as '#')

 

If your feed URL looks like this http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/jobrodie.rss then it probably won't work.

 

Tell your friends :)

Jo

RyanTee82
RyanTee82

@JoBrodie How do I view my old home page feed? That is, all the tweets of people I follow.

JoBrodie
JoBrodie

I'm not sure that that has ever been possible, largely because RSS doesn't allow you to log in so the feed doesn't know which tweets to show you because it doesn't know that you're you. Also, it wouldn't be able to show you the tweets of any private accounts that you follow (it can only show you the public stuff).

Having said all that, I do have the feeling that I have once seen this but I'm not certain. You can (until Twitter fully kills off everything RSS-ish - it may have already happen, should be happening this month) see messages sent to you (containing your @name) or messages that you've sent, or everything tagged with a hashtag - but I don't think you can read the timeline that you'd see when you're logged in to Twitter (in the same way you can't see it when you're logged out).

Jo

JoBrodie
JoBrodie

@RyanTee82 Yeah endless scroll goes back only to the last 3,200 tweets I think.

RyanTee82
RyanTee82

Re: Endless scroll. It stops after a few days. I don't know why. Is the the standard thing? I seem to remember I used to be able to go back at least a month or two, by holding down on the End button on my keyboard for a long time.

The wording in the tweet was too broad. I would get waaaay to many results. There were no links in it.

JoBrodie
JoBrodie

Do you remember any of the words in the tweet, you could search (probably on Google if more than a week has passed) for it. Alternatively do you remember if a link was in it? If you happened to notice the website you could search for the domain URL, eg http://sociable.co as that would find any link posted from that domain. Bit of a longshot. 

Failing that can you just use the endless scroll feature and scroll back until you see it? Or if you think you know who might have tweeted it, check on their timeline.

I take it you didn't favourite it or email it to yourself, which I obviously recommend for next time.

Good luck,
Jo


RyanTee82
RyanTee82

@JoBrodie The message didn't have my name in it. It was something I saw in my feed. :(

VicStiX
VicStiX

No longer works at all, even with the twitter ID number and the link you provided. :-( 

julianruiz24
julianruiz24

Something changed!! Now is not working any rss feed! check please

jnovelli
jnovelli like.author.displayName 1 Like

Had to unmark the "HTTPS only" setting in twitter to work

arkpizarro
arkpizarro

Thanks for this!

It solved my twitter widget issues in wordpress by using this to add a twitter rss feed instead.

yigalc
yigalc

Unfortunately, there is no RSS icon on the upper right hand side of a search page on Twitter....

How can I find an RSS feed of a search in Twitter?

MattieTK
MattieTK

Something I'd really like to see is a new breed of RSS for the social web, something that you can actually glean reliable stats from with a kind of decentralised architecture, so you can see how many people are following your content, regardless of where they follow it.

Ah we can dream :)

thesociable
thesociable moderator

@MattieTK That would actually be pretty nice. You can kind of do that with Google Feedburner (although the site is really, really ugly). The stats are nice but it isn't really that social. Google Reader has more of a social end to it and they might get near something like this with Google+ integration coming soon.

It's funny how RSS/XML powers most of the social web but isn't that social itself.

ricc.sm
ricc.sm

men u r a genius!!!

pdscott
pdscott

Ha, thanks @ricc.sm we also have an article about how to get an RSS feed from a Twitter list http://bit.ly/moHBkj

andphillips
andphillips

@pdscott @ricc.sm

The first method doesn't show the user's feed - just tweets featuring their username.

The second method works in Google Reader, but I'm trying to view these feeds via MS Sharepoint and it can't find them. I don't know if it's a Microsoft thing - IE7 doesn't seem to like them either.

Trackbacks

  1. [...] Here are some tips to finding your RSS feed on Twitter. [...]

  2. [...] How to Find Your RSS Feed for Twitter Posted: 2nd May 2011 by German1 in More Tutorials Tags: German Language, german online, learn german, Learn German Videos, learn to speak german 0 Here are some tips to finding your RSS feed on Twitter. [...]

  3. [...] How to Find Your RSS Feed for Twitter Here are some tips to finding your RSS feed on Twitter. [...]

  4. [...] How to Find Your RSS Feed for Twitter May 6th, 2011 at 22:08 Here are some tips to finding your RSS feed on Twitter. [...]

  5. [...] help is at hand – thanks to The Sociable who have kindly explained how to access it post May [...]

  6. [...] encontrado un post en el que habla de ello, en inglés que me he tomado la libertad de aplicar y transcribir aquí en [...]

  7. [...] Twitter hasn’t killed RSS just yet, here’s how to find your Twitter feed RSS url | The Sociable (tags: twitter socialmedia facebook authentication rss) [...]

  8. [...] Twitter hasn't killed RSS just yet, here's how to find your .May 2, 2011 Since redesigning its site Twitter has removed links to user's RSS feeds. So, here's how you can [...]

  9. [...] of effort to include Twitter feeds into your RSS readers. After some browsing, I was able to find this website that details two different methods of locating an RSS for Twitter accounts, which is very useful if [...]

  10. [...] אחרי פתרון לעניין, הגעתי לבלוג The Sociable, אשר פרסם לא מכבר פוסט בנושא, עם פתרונות אפשריים. הפתרון המוצע כעת לקבל RSS [...]

  11. [...] PS: Im Google Reader kann man einen Twitter-Feed einspeisen (ohne selbst einen Twitter-Account zu haben). So lässts sichs leicht followen. Hier eine kleine Anleitung. [...]

  12. [...] form http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/<Twitter username>.rss (as mentioned in “Twitter hasn’t killed RSS just yet, here’s how to find your Twitter feed RSS url“) or http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=<Twitter username> [...]

  13. [...] PS: Im Google Reader kann man einen Twitter-Feed einspeisen (ohne selbst einen Twitter-Account zu haben). So lässts sichs leicht followen. Hier eine kleine Anleitung. [...]

  14. [...] Jön a következő trükk. Több helyen is írják, hogy az RSS címet a következőképpen rakhatjuk össze: [...]

  15. [...] De todas formas, esta manía por hacer desaparecer los iconos de las fuentes RSS de las páginas empieza a mosquear. Y en esto no hay que olvidar que twitter parece uno de los presuntos asesinos. [...]

  16. [...] to Find Your RSS Feed for Twitter Here are some tips to finding your RSS feed on Twitter. An RSS Blog – Daily News and Information Related to RSS Feeds, Syndication and Aggregation. [...]

  17. [...] If you want to do this for another Twitter page, use this article.  For those with e-mail, you can use the following utility to either tweet or receive tweets by [...]

  18. [...] can actually subscribe to specific Twitter feeds which is a good way to capture mentions of your company, products or other keywords or phrases [...]

  19. [...] somewhat unreliable/easily-distracted) location service. This was the most complicated: taking my RSS feed of recent tweets at http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/pstainthorp.rss and feeding it through this Yahoo! [...]

  20. [...] ich habe einen Workaround mit RSS gefunden. Nicht gerade befriedigend, aber besser als nichts: Twitter hasn't killed RSS just yet, here is how to find your Twitter feed RSS url | The Sociable http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/27260086.rss. Kurzanleitung: 1. RSS-Reader runterladen. [...]

  21. [...] to search for a solution again. I found one which doesn’t require too much manual effort. This post on The Sociable details the steps required to follow someone’s tweets. Just in case something happens to the [...]

  22. [...] Twitter profile, so it took a bit of digging about before I found this post by Piers Dillon Scott: Twitter hasn’t killed RSS just yet, here’s how to find your Twitter feed RSS url. I used the second method listed on this page; taking the following link and inserting my Twitter [...]

  23. [...] It has been a while since I wanted to RSS a Twitter feed. It used to be that every user’s Twitter page had an RSS feed with it, making subscribing easy. That changed at some point (early 2011 based on time stamps of people trying to figure the new situation out?). Mainly for self-reminder purposes, here is how to create an RSS feed off a Twitter page/feed: [...]

  24. [...] (everyone has a Gmail account these days and you can use it other than checking emails too). Here is a nice illustration of the hack and how you can employ it. ReadWriteWeb also demonstrates a [...]

  25. [...] 参照这篇文章的介绍,我们可以得到某一用户的 RSS 订阅地址,从而继续在阅读器中使用。 [...]

Subscribe for daily updates
Related
Mobile app Follow The Sociable on the Flud App for desktop, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7 Chrome app Download The Sociable's browser app from the Chrome Web Store