11 Ways on How to Generate Twitter RSS Feeds For the Reader of Your Choice

Generating Twitter RSS feeds is for many of us a strategic way to curate relevant content, connect to communities of our choice, and keep up with our favorite tweeps.  RSS Twitter feeds are long gone, but recent changes have made their creation even more awkward. Nonetheless, bypassing those difficulties is still possible.  How can we do it and how do we get the most out of our Twitter curating efforts?  Without any further ado, let’s get right into it:
 
Generating RSS feeds from a Twitter list
 
Just if you have not yet noticed, since October 2012 the following Twitter feed is no longer working:  http://api.twitter.com/1/AUTHOR/lists/TWITTER-LIST/statuses.atom 
Many of us are struggling to find out a non-technical alternative.  As soon as we have a bullet-proof way of replacing this obsolete feed, we will post an update to this blog.  If you have an alternative, please write a comment below and it will get included into the next blog update.  Thanks!
 
1. Generating RSS feeds from a single Twitter account:
 
– Use this feed:  
https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=
 – Simply add the twitter name of your choice after the ‘=’ sign, but without the ‘@’ sign.   
– Copy and paste into your reader and you are done:   
https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=BrunoGebarski
 
You are now automatically receiving all Bruno Gebarski’s tweets in the reader of your choice…good luck!  You  can also use this second feed as well if you prefer: 
https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline/”Twittername”.rss
– Replace “Twittername” with the tweep of your choice and you are good to go.  
Now you can keep up with what Michael Brito is tweeting around the clock: https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline/britopian.rss
 
2. Generating RSS feeds from a single word search:
 
– Use this feed: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=
– Add the word ‘software’ (as an example) to the end of the feed: 
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=software
– Copy and paste this feed into your reader.  That’s it, you are done.  All the tweets, including the term ‘software’, will automatically line up in the client of your choice. 
 
3. Generating RSS feeds from a combination of words:
 
If you are wondering about encoding, have a quick look at my previous post concerning the proper encoding of text and characters using the convenient Albion Research free web app.
 
– Use this feed: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=
– Enhance your search query by using the Boolean operators of your choice.
– Codify Social Business OR Social Enterprise OR #socbiz with the Albion Research app to: Social%20Business%20OR%20Social%20Enterprise
%20OR%20%23socbiz
– Add the encoded search to the first part of the feed:
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?
q=Social%20Business%20OR%20Social%20Enterprise
%20OR%20%23socbiz
(Make sure to remove “spaces” added here to fit the long feed formatting)
 
Let me try this feed… drum beat…copying the feed into my reader. V oilà! It works perfectly. Now it’s your turn.
If you use Boolean operators, make sure their formatting is correct.  Otherwise, your query won’t be encoded properly, and your feed won’t work.
 
4. Generating RSS feeds combining a tweep and a hashtag
 
– Use this feed: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=
– Encode the following query: @MeghamMBiro OR #socialmedia to:
%40MeghamMBiro%20OR%20%23socialmedia
Add the encoded search to the first part of the feed:
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=%40MeghamMBiro%20OR%20%23socialmediaq
 
This feed will bring up all the results from Meghan M. Biro’s tweets, as well as those containing the ‘#socialmedia’ term.  Alternatively, it is possible to narrow down this search by replacing the ‘OR’ with an ‘AND’.  In this case, the feed will bring up the results from Meghan but only those which include the mention ‘#socialmedia’.  You can also use wild cards such as ‘leader*’.  In this case, the results would bring up all the words starting with ‘leader’ including ‘leaders’ and ‘leadership’. 
 
5. Generating RSS feeds containing a specific word or combination of words:
 
– Use this feed: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=
– Encode the following query: Social Business OR Social Enterprise to: Social%20Business%20OR%20Social%20Enterprise%20
– Add the encoded search to the first part of the feed:
http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=Social%20Business%20OR%20Social%20Enterprise
– Copy and paste into your reader. Done!
 
6. Generating RSS feeds “from” a specific twitter account
 
– Use this feed: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=
– Encode this query: from:markfidelman to from%3Amarkfidelman
– Add the encoded query to the first part of the feed:
http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=from%3Amarkfidelman
Mark Fidelman is now under your radar.  By the way, check out his excellent book: “Socialized”, it is well worth a read.  
 
7. Generating RSS feeds “to” a specific twitter account
 
– Use this feed: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=
– Encode this query: to:jonhusband to: to%3Ajonhusband
– Add this encoded query to the first part of the feed:
http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=to%3Ajonhusband
– Paste the feed into you reader.  From now on you will receive all the tweets which are addressed to Jon Husband.
 
8. Generating RSS feeds ‘referencing’ a Twitter account
 
– Use the feed: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=
– Encode the following query: @euan to %40Euan
– Add this encoded query to the first part of the feed:
http://search.twtter.com/search.atom?q=%40Euan
You now will get all the references made about (@Euan) Euan Sample.
 
9. Generating RSS feeds from a specific geographical location with a multiple query.
 
This is getting a little more tricky.  But thanks to the Albion Research Ltd encoding tool you will manage just fine.  Follow these steps carefully Albion Research Ltd.  
 
Let’s say we want to locate all the tweeps in Hamburg within a 100km (100mi) radius tweeting about: ’#socbiz OR Social Business OR social business OR #esn OR social enterprise OR #e20’.
– We first need to find out Hamburg’s coordinates:  latitude and longitude.  For doing this we will use Brenz.net, an app that automatically gives us coordinates from any city or address around the globe.  Here are the results for Hamburg Germany:  53.5510846 and 9.9936818.
– Use this feed:  http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?geocode=
– Encode the following query by using Albion Research: 53.5510846,9.9936818,100km,#socbiz OR Social Business OR social business OR #esn OR social to: 53.5510846%2C9.9936818%2C100km%2C%23socbiz%20OR%20Social%20Business%20OR%20social%20business%20OR%20%23esn%20OR%20social%20enterprise%20OR%20%23e20
– Add this encoded query to the first part of the feed:
http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?geocode=53.5510846%2C9.9936818%2C100km%2C%23socbiz%20OR%20Social%20Business%20OR%20social%20business%20OR%20%23esn%20OR%20social%20enterprise%20OR%20%23e20
 
Voilà.  It’s not difficult. Albion Research does a flawless job at encoding all this data for us. 
 
10. Generating RSS feeds from a specific geographical location combined with a key word
 
We now want to find out all the people in Chichester (UK), tweeting about health within a radius of 50 miles.
– We first need to find out Chichester’s coordinates thanks to Brenz.net, again to our rescue:  50.7317166,-0.788917.
– Use this feed:  http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?geocode=
– Encode the query: health geocode:50.7317166,-0.788917,25mi: health%20geocode:50.7317166,-0.788917,25mi
– Add the encoded query to the first part of the feed:
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=health%20geocode:50.7317166,-0.788917,25mi
 
This search will bring you the results for all the tweeps twitting about “health” in Chichester (UK) within a 25 miles radius.  Isn’t this awesome?  I hope you are excited because this is very useful information!
 
11. Generating RSS feeds from a specific geographical location combined with a key
word and Boolean operators (AND / NOT)
 
Let’s say we want to find all the people around Chichester (UK), within a radius of 25 miles, tweeting about health but not about cancer.
– We will retain the following Chichester coordinates:  50.7317166,-0.788917
– Use this feed:  http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?geocode=
– Encode the following query: health -cancer geocode:50.7317166,-0.788917,25mi to:
health%20-cancer%20geocode:50.7317166,-0.788917,25mi
– Add the encoded query to the first part of the feed: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=health%20-cancer%20geocode:50.7317166,-0.788917,25mi
 
Voilà! You are now getting all the tweets about health but without cancer within a 25 miles radius of Chichester in the United Kingdom. 
If you have any additional comments or suggestions please let us know so together we can complete and update this post on a continual basis. Thank you for stopping by.
 
Please follow me on Twitter at
http://Twitter.com/BrunoGebarski
 

25 responses to “11 Ways on How to Generate Twitter RSS Feeds For the Reader of Your Choice

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  3. Since Twitter killed off their API v.1 earlier this month, any up date to your #1 above? I’m searching for a solution to have individual twitter account RSS feeds in Feedly mobile app for iOS.

  4. http://www.twitter-rss.com/ allows you to get an RSS of twitter user feeds. Still looking for a “search” version.

  5. http://www.twitter-rss.com/ no longer works and redirects to some design site.

    rss4twitter.appspot.com works pretty well to generate RSS feeds for twitter user timelines. But they are under heavy load looks like and updates feeds only once an hour. Still good enough for me.

  6. Dont know why that URL dint get linked – http://rss4twitter.appspot.com

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