9 ways to create Twitter RSS feeds for your CMS and content curation needs (Part 1)

Twitter in Real Life: The Follow Back

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Generating RSS feeds from Twitter is for most of us a very important tool since when we strive to search and find specific real time information or follow favorites or lists of people with whom we want to keep up with. Unfortunately Twitter has implemented changes and removed visible RSS subscription feed buttons from its lay out! Fortunately there are ways around it and I hope you will find this post helpful! Thanks to our Irish Twitter colleague Piers Dillon-Scott from whom this summary is based on so thanks to Piers for the hard work he did last year: @pdscott. I am still so thrilled about this information that I thought I would rewrite it and make it even easier to follow and use since it does get a bit tricky and intricate at times! I do hope it helps you as much as it has helped me! If you have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to write back. 
 1.     Generating an RSS FEED from a Twitter list:
Use the following RSS String for your new RSS Twitter List string:
a)     Replace AUTHOR with the name of the author of the list (@brunogebarski) without the @sign (brunogebarski); Remember: the list you discover with a particular account does not necessarily belongs to that account.
b)     Replace TWITTER-LIST with the name of the list; if the list’s name is made of several words such as “French Sauvignon Blanc vs NZ” then replace the spaces with a hyphen: “French-Sauvignon-Blanc-vs-NZ”.
c)     Let’s say you want to generate a Twitter RSS Feed from the following list: SMMmagazineTopAuthors by Chris Herbert: @B2Bspecialist of Mi6; this will be the RSS Feed string: http://api.twitter.com/1/AUTHOR/lists/TWITTER-LIST/statuses.atom, which will become:
http://api.twitter.com/1/B2Bspecialist/lists/SMMagazineTopAuthors  /statuses.atomVoilà you are done!!
By the way, any of those feeds needs first to be copied and then inserted into your reader under “new subscription”! I personally use the Google Reader because I find it the easiest! 
2.     Generating an RSS FEED from a single Twitter account:
a)     You first need to find out the ID number of the particular Twitter Account at: http://idfromuser.com/: My ID (@BrunoGebarski) is: 49569360.
b)     Use the following string: http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/ID-Number.rss
c)     Replace ID-Number and this could be the string if you decided to keep up with my twits: http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/49569360.rss! Voilà, you are done!
 3.     Generating an RSS FEED from a single word:
a)     Use the following string: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=
b)     Add the particular word at the end of the string such as: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=softwareThat’s it you are done again!
 4.     Generating an RSS FEED from a string of words:
a)     Use the followng string: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=
b)     Usually spaces and characters will have to be URL encoded first at: http://www.albionresearch.com/misc/urlencode.php
c)     French Recipes (without hyphens for this search) URL encoded will become: French%20Recipes. “space” = “%20” URL encoded:
d)     Should you write it with hyphen it will then remain: French-          Recipes:http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=French-Recipes
e)      “French Recipes” (with quotation marks) will then become: %22French%20Recipes%22:
‘”’ = “%22” and “space” = “%20” URL encoded.
 5.     Generating an RSS FEED Search for a Twitter #tag word or @account:
a)  Again use the following string: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=
b)  Add the URL translated words starting with ‘#’ or ‘@’  after getting the word translated at:  http://www.albionresearch.com/misc/urlencode.php.
c)    @brunogebarski will then become: %40brunogebarski: “@” = “%40” URL encoded: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=%40brunogebarski
d)   #branding will then become: %23branding: “#” = “%23” URL encoded: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=%23branding
 6.     Generating additional RSS FEEDS from:  
a)   Tweets containing the word: “France”: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=France
b)   Tweets: “from:brunogebarski”:  “:” in URL Encoded is: “%3A” (without hyphens of course) (http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=from%3Abrunogebarski
c)    Tweets: “to:brunogebarski”: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=to%3Abrunogebarski
d)   Tweets referencing: “@brunogebarski”: “@” = “%40” URL encoded. http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=%40brunogebarski
e)   Tweets containing a hash-tag: “#SCRM”: “#” = “%23” URL encoded. http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=%23SCRM
f)    Tweets containing several parameters such as: movie+ :), “space” and “:)” URL encoded: “%3A” and “%29”: 
 7.     Generating an RSS FEED from a specific geographical location and a #key twitter word
We want to find out within 100km around Chichester Manuka Wholefoods in the UK all the people twitting about: “#health” (with the hash tag but without quotation marks).
b)   We first need to find out Manuka Wholefoods coordinates (latitude & Longitude) at: http://www.brenz.net/tech/geocode.asp
c)    We get now the coordinates (latitude & longitude) of the above address in Chichester (UK): “50.7317166,-0.788917” (without quotation marks but separated by a comma)
d)   URL is composed of: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?geocode=
e)   First coordinate: “50.7317166”
f)    A first comma: URL encoded = “%2C” between the two coordinates
g)   Second coordinate: “-0.788917”
h)   A second comma: URL encoded = “%2C” between second coordinate and distance
i)    We will settle for “100km” around Chichester to minimize the search or ”mi”, if you prefer miles instead of kilometers.
j)    A third comma: URL encoded = “%2C” between the distance and the “#tag”: “#health” (with the hash key but without the quotation marks of course):
8.     Generating an RSS FEED from a specific geographical location combined with a key word
a)     We will take our location in Chichester again at: “50.7317166,-0.788917” (without quotation marks but separated by a comma)
b)     We will use then the standard search parameters and a “space” = “%20” URL encoded after the key word “health”
c)    http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=health%20geocode:50.7317166,-0.788917,25km
9.     Generating an RSS FEED from a specific geographical location combined with a key word and Boolean operators (AND / OR / NOT)
Let’s say we want to generate a feed for all the Twitts taking place now, in Chichester within 25 miles with the word Health but without cancer:
a)   We will retain our Chichester location at: “50.7317166,-0.788917” (without quotation marks but separated by a comma)
b)    We will then add he word “health” to the standard search parameters and a “space” = “%20” URL encoded following the word “health”
c)    After the word “health comes a “space” = “&20” URL encoded
d)    We add a Boolean search restriction for “NOT cancer” or –cancer: URL encoded –cancer
e)    After the word –cancer comes a “space” = “%20” URL encoded  
f)     Type in: geocode:50.7317166,-0.788917,25mi (comma and the distance in miles here)Voila you are done: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=health%20-cancer%20geocode:50.7317166,-0.788917,25mi
If you have any additional comments or suggestion please let me know so I will complete and update this post on a continual basis: thank you for stopping by and enjoy a more focused use of your Twitter connection or Twitter search: happy Twitting and Twittsearching! @brunogebarski

6 responses to “9 ways to create Twitter RSS feeds for your CMS and content curation needs (Part 1)

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