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Twitter RSS feed generator

Twitter RSS maker
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Twitter has removed most of its RSS feed links from its site over the past year. But fear not, it is still possible to generate Twitter RSS feeds. [Update – We’ll for now there is, Twitter has announced that it plans on removing all RSS support from March 2013, read more here.]

Twitter RSS maker

We’ve covered how to manually generate Twitter RSS feeds for users’ profiles, how to generate a Twitter list RSS feed, and how to create a Twitter search RSS feed earlier.

To make things easier we have created these forms which will generate Twitter RSS feeds for profiles, Twitter lists, and searches.

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  1. That Twitter Search RSS feed creator – genuinely brilliant. Took me an hour to find it, but nothing else out there that I know of to do this anything like so easily – THANKS!

  2. That Twitter Search RSS feed creator – genuinely brilliant. Took me an hour to find it, but nothing else out there that I know of to do this anything like so easily – THANKS!

  3. Love the idea of what you are doing here….with the custom RSS feed generation for Twitter, however currently the Twitter searches you are generating here are not working for me in Google Reader. I guess Twitter might have moved the goal posts again. If you are successful or if anyone is successful in getting custom RSS searches from this form into Google Reader, please let me know. Thanks!!!

  4. Love the idea of what you are doing here….with the custom RSS feed generation for Twitter, however currently the Twitter searches you are generating here are not working for me in Google Reader. I guess Twitter might have moved the goal posts again. If you are successful or if anyone is successful in getting custom RSS searches from this form into Google Reader, please let me know. Thanks!!!

    1. @JonReedGoesOff

      Thanks Jon,

      That sometimes happens (we think it might have something to do with Twitter’s API seeing Google Reader as a client making too many calls).

      These tricks sometimes work for us

      1) Install Chrome’s official RSS reader extension which should allow you to direct the feed to reader.

      2) Use Firefox’s RSS page to directly open in Reader.

      3) Change .rss in the fee URL to .atom (interestingly atom feeds have more entries than rss).

      3) Sign into Feedburner and convert the feed –To do this add the feed to Feedburner then click on Optimize > Convert Format Burner (at the bottom). This will let you convert the feed from atom to RSS or vice versa.

      4) If all else fails try again in a few hours (possibly when the Twitter calls limit resets) – it might sound like a cop-out but it has worked for us.

      Let us know if any of these work for you.

      1. I’m having the same issue as Jon. I use Firefox, so I tried options 2 and 3 without any success. Google Reader keeps coming back with “The feed being requested cannot be found.”

        1. @lea724 Hi, I’d try it again in a few hours but in the meantime can you convert the feed in Feedburner?Pop us the link, I’ll see if I can have a look.

        2. This is the link I’m trying to get the RSS feed for: http://twitter.com/#!/rabbirubinger

          When I put the twitter URL in Feedburner, I get the following error: “The URL does not appear to reference a valid XML file. We encountered the following problem: Error on line 25: The entity name must immediately follow the ‘&’ in the entity reference.”

          When I put the .rss URL (http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/378223934.rss) in Feedburner, I get the following error: “Received HTTP error: “Bad Request” while fetching source feed.”

          Any help is appreciated. 🙂

        3. Well, it seems to be working for me now. I used the .rss URL above, and put it into Google Calendar and suddenly everything worked. Very strange that it wasn’t working before, but I’m glad it’s working now.

  5. @JonReedGoesOff

    Thanks Jon,

    That sometimes happens (we think it might have something to do with Twitter’s API seeing Google Reader as a client making too many calls).

    These tricks sometimes work for us

    1) Install Chrome’s official RSS reader extension which should allow you to direct the feed to reader.

    2) Use Firefox’s RSS page to directly open in Reader.

    3) Change .rss in the fee URL to .atom (interestingly atom feeds have more entries than rss).

    3) Sign into Feedburner and convert the feed –To do this add the feed to Feedburner then click on Optimize > Convert Format Burner (at the bottom). This will let you convert the feed from atom to RSS or vice versa.

    4) If all else fails try again in a few hours (possibly when the Twitter calls limit resets) – it might sound like a cop-out but it has worked for us.

    Let us know if any of these work for you.

    1. I’m having the same issue as Jon. I use Firefox, so I tried options 2 and 3 without any success. Google Reader keeps coming back with “The feed being requested cannot be found.”

      1. @lea724 Hi, I’d try it again in a few hours but in the meantime can you convert the feed in Feedburner?Pop us the link, I’ll see if I can have a look.

      2. This is the link I’m trying to get the RSS feed for: http://twitter.com/#!/rabbirubinger

        When I put the twitter URL in Feedburner, I get the following error: “The URL does not appear to reference a valid XML file. We encountered the following problem: Error on line 25: The entity name must immediately follow the ‘&’ in the entity reference.”

        When I put the .rss URL (http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/378223934.rss) in Feedburner, I get the following error: “Received HTTP error: “Bad Request” while fetching source feed.”

        Any help is appreciated. 🙂

      3. Well, it seems to be working for me now. I used the .rss URL above, and put it into Google Calendar and suddenly everything worked. Very strange that it wasn’t working before, but I’m glad it’s working now.

  6. […] Чтобы сформировать RSS-поток, нужно добавить свой запрос после этой строки:http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=. Например, http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=cool software, для полного соответствия http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=”cool software” . Или воспользоваться простым агрегатором http://sociable.co/social-media/twitter-rss-feed-creator/. […]

  7. Thank you. For some reason Google Reader doesn’t like the url but I put the same link into Pulse Reader and it’s working brilliantly.

  8. Thank you. For some reason Google Reader doesn’t like the url but I put the same link into Pulse Reader and it’s working brilliantly.

  9. Do I need to have a public feed? A public list? I’ve always kept it all private. I used to be able to get rss into Thunderbird by putting in my twitter rss link and then entering my username and password. Now when I try your feed & list generators and click on your link, I get a new tab in Firefox, which is … blank. Thanks.

    1. Hi @Arg I haven’t tested this on private accounts but I would say that you would need a public account. There may be a way of setting it up using the API but this would be more complicated.

  10. Do I need to have a public feed? A public list? I’ve always kept it all private. I used to be able to get rss into Thunderbird by putting in my twitter rss link and then entering my username and password. Now when I try your feed & list generators and click on your link, I get a new tab in Firefox, which is … blank. Thanks.

    1. Hi @Arg I haven’t tested this on private accounts but I would say that you would need a public account. There may be a way of setting it up using the API but this would be more complicated.

  11. There is an easier way yet it works only if you subscribed for a twitter channel. Go to your twitter page, right click on it and “View Page Source”. Find in text the name of the twitter (comes after #! in the browser string or @ on your content page). The very next string starting from data-user-id=”xxx” is the one you need. Copy number from it and post append this string -> ://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/xxx.atom where xxx is your number. This is the direct link to content.

  12. There is an easier way yet it works only if you subscribed for a twitter channel. Go to your twitter page, right click on it and “View Page Source”. Find in text the name of the twitter (comes after #! in the browser string or @ on your content page). The very next string starting from data-user-id=”xxx” is the one you need. Copy number from it and post append this string -> ://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/xxx.atom where xxx is your number. This is the direct link to content.

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  13. There is an easier way yet it works only if you subscribed for a twitter channel. Go to your twitter page, right click on it and “View Page Source”. Find in text the name of the twitter (comes after #! in the browser string or @ on your content page). The very next string starting from data-user-id=”xxx” is the one you need. Copy number from it and post append this string -> ://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/xxx.atom where xxx is your number. This is the direct link to content.

  14. Thank you soooo much for these tips and tools! I’ll be linking to this post in my work-in-progress post about how to use Google Reader as a social media monitoring dashboard.

    1. Thanks @akstout18 let us know when it’s up. It’s a pity that so many sites have removed (Twitter) RSS feeds, while others have never used them (Google+). Facebook seems to be the only site that has reintroduced them.

  15. Thank you soooo much for these tips and tools! I’ll be linking to this post in my work-in-progress post about how to use Google Reader as a social media monitoring dashboard.

    1. Thanks @akstout18 let us know when it’s up. It’s a pity that so many sites have removed (Twitter) RSS feeds, while others have never used them (Google+). Facebook seems to be the only site that has reintroduced them.

  16. @pdscott This is amazing post. I found it’s very useful for me to generate RSS feed for my Twitter search. One small question, what is the update interval of Twitter search RSS feed update? Actually, I’m using .atom, is there any different in update interval compare with rss? Thanks you so much.

  17. @pdscott This is amazing post. I found it’s very useful for me to generate RSS feed for my Twitter search. One small question, what is the update interval of Twitter search RSS feed update? Actually, I’m using .atom, is there any different in update interval compare with rss? Thanks you so much.

    1. Thanks @NupHero I hope it was useful. The feeds should update in real-time (or near enough) as it is using Twitter’s own system. Although if you are using Google Reader I think you do miss some tweets – if GReader updates itself every 30 mins and the RSS feed holds 50 tweets (for argument’s sake) if 60 tweets are being posted every 30 mins these 10 won’t be recorded, as far as I know.

      This would always be the case if Twitter hadn’t removed the link for Twitter search terms so it’s best to be very specific with what you are searching for. For really popular terms the Twitter API would be best.

      1. @pdscott Thanks you for that useful information. I used Google Reader, and it actually missed many tweets in search result (compare with result on Tweetdeck). So I switched to use FeedDemon, left those feeds into a folder which did not sync with Google Reader. Problem solved!

      2. @pdscott I also have a small question. Is there anyway to get RSS feed for Twitter list combine with any other operators such as hashtag or keyword? That’ll be perfect. Thanks for reading.

  18. @pdscott This is amazing post. I found it’s very useful for me to generate RSS feed for my Twitter search. One small question, what is the update interval of Twitter search RSS feed update? Actually, I’m using .atom, is there any different in update interval compare with rss? Thanks you so much.

    1. Thanks @NupHero I hope it was useful. The feeds should update in real-time (or near enough) as it is using Twitter’s own system. Although if you are using Google Reader I think you do miss some tweets – if GReader updates itself every 30 mins and the RSS feed holds 50 tweets (for argument’s sake) if 60 tweets are being posted every 30 mins these 10 won’t be recorded, as far as I know.

      This would always be the case if Twitter hadn’t removed the link for Twitter search terms so it’s best to be very specific with what you are searching for. For really popular terms the Twitter API would be best.

      1. @pdscott Thanks you for that useful information. I used Google Reader, and it actually missed many tweets in search result (compare with result on Tweetdeck). So I switched to use FeedDemon, left those feeds into a folder which did not sync with Google Reader. Problem solved!

      2. @pdscott I also have a small question. Is there anyway to get RSS feed for Twitter list combine with any other operators such as hashtag or keyword? That’ll be perfect. Thanks for reading.

  19. Thanks for excellent info. So going to the next level, say I wanted to create an aggregated feed of both #ieclnu and ieclnu – meaning posts that are either tagged or from a specific user – how could this be done?

  20. Thanks for excellent info. So going to the next level, say I wanted to create an aggregated feed of both #ieclnu and ieclnu – meaning posts that are either tagged or from a specific user – how could this be done?

    1. @PatrikHodapp Have you tried to open the RSS feed in Firefox and select Google reader from the dropdown menu. This usually works for us (rather than opening the URL when inside Reader)

    2. @PatrikHodapp Have you tried to open the RSS feed in Firefox and select Google reader from the dropdown menu. This usually works for us (rather than opening the URL when inside Reader)

    3. @PatrikHodapp Have you tried to open the RSS feed in Firefox and select Google reader from the dropdown menu. This usually works for us (rather than opening the URL when inside Reader)

    4. @PatrikHodapp Have you tried to open the RSS feed in Firefox and select Google reader from the dropdown menu. This usually works for us (rather than opening the URL when inside Reader)

    5. @PatrikHodapp Have you tried to open the RSS feed in Firefox and select Google reader from the dropdown menu. This usually works for us (rather than opening the URL when inside Reader)

    1. @PatrikHodapp Have you tried to open the RSS feed in Firefox and select Google reader from the dropdown menu. This usually works for us (rather than opening the URL when inside Reader)

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  21. That’s brilliant but I was hoping to make a ‘wordle’ from the feed and ‘wordle’ tells me the ‘q’ parameter is missing. Any ideas?

  22. That’s brilliant but I was hoping to make a ‘wordle’ from the feed and ‘wordle’ tells me the ‘q’ parameter is missing. Any ideas?

  23. That’s brilliant but I was hoping to make a ‘wordle’ from the feed and ‘wordle’ tells me the ‘q’ parameter is missing. Any ideas?

  24. That’s brilliant but I was hoping to make a ‘wordle’ from the feed and ‘wordle’ tells me the ‘q’ parameter is missing. Any ideas?

  25. That’s brilliant but I was hoping to make a ‘wordle’ from the feed and ‘wordle’ tells me the ‘q’ parameter is missing. Any ideas?

  26. That’s brilliant but I was hoping to make a ‘wordle’ from the feed and ‘wordle’ tells me the ‘q’ parameter is missing. Any ideas?

  27. this is a start but more complex, I wish to stream my twitter account timeline and get my tweets but be able to show only mentions that are in MY owner timeline (so if I delete a post from my timeline) I only get those sanitized mentions&replies even though it may still return  if you search my @jaaronanderson … Im guessing the only way to filter is to create a #hashtag that Im only using… which works until someone else uses that tag…

    1. @drewmoh  @opmi Hi – have a go of it in Firefox – it seems Chrome is having issues- let me know if that works.  There are a few other option we can try

    1. @orvn A search on Twitter only seems to show two results https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=goinnative&src=typdSame on Google Readerhttp://www.google.com/reader/view/#stream/feed%2Fhttp%3A%2F%2Fsearch.twitter.com%2Fsearch.atom%3Fq%3Dgoinnative

  28. I dont know how to use this?: https://twitter-atom.appspot.com/ 
    I want an atom feed that will generate feed from a users account to mine? how to do this… please help!

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