Simplest Way to Create Twitter RSS Feeds For Your Favorite Feed Reader

I wonder why Twitter (mostly struggling with its “share value” in Wall Street) makes it so difficult to access its flabbergasting amount of data it has been gathering since its inception! It must be a crusade, a calling, a motto such as: ”let’s make it awkward, difficult for our members to gather data and monitor it!”

Twitter has made it a crusade to make it almost impossible for us to organize our own data! I’ve sent many tweets to twitter but never ever got an answer! Probably this social network “intrinsically social” (just because of its name) does not see the need to be social and bother answering the requests and observations that come from its users: in other words “who cares” right?

Some of my ongoing frustrations are still

  1. No way to organize lists alphabetically whatsoever!
  2. Download of own tweets still cumbersome and inefficient
  3. No RSS feeds or direct downloading into Excel to conveniently evaluate your data

RSS feeds are important for those of us who want to keep up with what is happening in our area of interested or expertise right?

Without further ado let’s jump right into it.

In order to manually (or digitally) fabricate Twitter RSS feeds we need two parameters:

  1. A Google macro, which is already 2/3 of the RSS feed we need
  2. The Specific ID number of the RSS feed, which we’ll obtain from Twitter directly through its “WIDGET” app: that’s it.

This is my personal public GOOGLE MACRO STRING for you to copy, paste and bookmark so you won’t have to bother with all the “programming headaches” most of us are not interested in! This is public information so feel free to copy it, pass it around or use it whatever way you feel appropriate:

https://script.google.com/macros/s/AKfycbyKXSjVCew1Li0Dl1J2k7tJyCTO62-Kq5i0O2TluSDbVmdwZnI/exec?

Your new Twitter-RSS-Feed is just about ready! Hold on folks because we still need the second parameter that/which Twitter delivers to each account free of charge!

Please log in to your Twitter account:

  1. Click on your picture which is on the upper right hand side of your Twitter-account: a drop down menu should pop up with the following choices:

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  1. Click on “Settings”

This will take you right under the hood of your Twitter account: on the left hand side of your Twitter window you should see the following menu:

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The last entry before the end is “Widgets”: please double click on “Widgets”:

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On the top right hand side of your monitor you should be able to spot: “create new”

Twitter gives you the choice to create widgets for:

—Timelines: Twitter single account

—Lists: yours or the ones you follow

—Likes: yours or other accounts

—Search: twitter hashtags

—Collection: (not familiar with it yet)

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In order to limit the length of this technical blog post we shall create a USER TIMELINE RSS feed for “Alexandra Lepercq @Espenel”! I hope Alexandra forgives me for abusing her account. In the username: type “Espenel” and then save changes:

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Copy the “widget link” for Alexandra Lepercq with the following command “CTRL+C” and then paste it with “CTRL+V” into your favorite word program/notepad:

<a class=”twitter-timeline” href=”https://twitter.com/Espenel&#8221; data-widget-id=”679006546735558656“>Tweets by @Espenel</a> !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?’http’:’https’;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+”://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

The only part of the string that interests us is Alexandra Lepercq’s widget ID number: 679006546735558656: This is the widget number that Twitter created: That’s it folks: we are almost finished!

Now take Alexandra Lepercq’s widget number: 679006546735558656 and add it to the first part of the macro I wrote at the beginning of the article: There are no space between any of the letter/numbers: https://script.google.com/macros/s/AKfycbyKXSjVCew1Li0Dl1J2k7tJyCTO62-Kq5i0O2TluSDbVmdwZnI/exec?679006546735558656

I personally use Feedly so here is a short version of this link:

http://j.mp/1MtbfoY

I copied this link and pasted it into my Feedly Reader: http://j.mp/1MtbfoY

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That’s it! My Feedly RSS Feed is ready: you can paste this feed in any of your readers! here is a screen shot of the feed added to Feedly and what the results look like:

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Questions, problems shoot me an email at: bruno(at)brunogebarski(dot)com. I will try to help you: Promise

Bruno

 

 

 

 

 

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