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How To Create RSS feeds From Your Favorite Twitter Hashtags and Tweeps

It is frustrating to see how Twitter safeguards its own ecosystem and paralyzes non-tech users like us by making it so awkward to create RSS feeds.  Twitter struck again at the end of October last year, by removing the atom feed from their services.  Is there a simple non-technical way around it?  Well it might be connected to a bit of extra work and tweaking, but it’s well worth putting the effort into it.
 
1. Identifying your Twitter #hashtags (keywords)
 
There is a fabulous tool called “What Hashtag” (freely given to us by a Spanish group of programmers) that does a reliable job at researching and selecting the most popular Twitter-hashtags.  Let’s say we are trying to find the proper Twitter-hashtags (and those are very specific) for ‘social business’.  In our ‘social business’ search we shall include the Boolean operator “quote” in order to single out the results for “social business” only:
 
Hashtag
http://whathasthag.circulorojo.es
Frequency
#socbiz
175
#ibm
71
#SocBiz
45
#IBM
35
#socialmedia
35
#business
30
#Social
21
#ibmsocialbiz
15
#social
12
#Business
9
You may notice that each word is hyperlinked to its corresponding Twitter-feed:  very handy indeed.   It is now easier to identify the community connected to the “#socbiz” word or Twitter hashtag.  A word of caution please:  run the search several times and update it on a regular basis because things change fast on the Twittosphere.
 
The second tool is presented to us by Dan Zarrella:  Tweetcharts.com.  Tweetcharts goes one step further by giving us a full array of added information:  
– General statistics about links, retweets, replies, mentions, hashtags
– Top words and most mentioned users
– Other corresponding hashtags, links and media (images and videos)
 
Before we start creating RSS feeds, we need to understand a bit about encoding.  The Albion Research Ltd. application “encodes or decodes a string using URL Encoding.  URL Encoding is used when placing text in a query string to avoid it being confused with the URL itself.  It is normally used when the browser sends form data to a web server.”  So here is an example for us to try: 
Plain Text:
Hey What’s the heck with social media? 
Encoded Text:
Hey%20what’s%20the%20heck%20with%20social%20media%3F
 
Albion Research LTD_01

Copy the following Twitter RSS string search:  “http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=” and add any terms or name of your choice with the Boolean operators to your search:

http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=@dpontefract OR @Euan OR @hjarche OR @jonhusband OR @KateNasser OR @rashkenas OR @rhappe OR @rossdawson OR @tdebaillon OR @BrunoGebarski
 
Now paste this string into the Albionresearch.com website to obtain he following encoded feed:

http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=%40dpontefract%20OR%20%40Euan%20OR%20%40hjarche %20OR%20%40jonhusband%20OR%20%40KateNasser%20OR %20%40rashkenas%20OR%20%40rhappe%20OR%20 %40rossdawson%20OR%20%40tdebaillon%20OR %20%40BrunoGebarski

Remove unwanted spaces (due to blog formatting) and paste this final RSS feed into your reader, but first do not forget to replace the names, including mine, with the Tweeps of your choice!  Now you have your personalized twitter stream as an RSS feed with all the authors you wish to keep up with.  Easy and simple is not it?
 
Now it’s your turn: How do you keep up with your favorite Tweeps?  Any tools you would recommend?  Looking forward to your comments and suggestions.
 
Please follow me on Twitter:
http://Twitter.com/BrunoGebarski

Get Real: Earn Every Follower You Have on Twitter: Earn Each and Every One of Them

I am still new to twitter with roughly 3200 followers and still learning to appreciate each and every single one of them! I block “riff-raff”, permissive stuff but particularly followers offering so many followers for a couple of dollars! Ladies and Gentlemen, I do not care what it takes to get followers on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook: JUST DO NOT DO IT!
I remember not too long ago Jon Jantsch @ducttape doing an experiment with the purchase of “fake followers” and having finally to manually un-follow every single one of them: Please do not sell your valuable name for a couple of dollars, it is absolutely not worth it!

I went through a short stretch where I was tempted: I admit it I was, considering the amount of followers some companies or accounts have, I was considering “taking short cuts” but I did not! I refused to do it the easy way: because each and every one of your followers has to be earned! Yes you are reading it right: every one of them has to be earned!

Imagine if suddenly you came to my account and saw 10.000 followers knowing that I am usually worth 3.000? What would you think: “for him -@brunogebarski- I am just a number”, he wants numbers not quality and I would most probably end up trading quality for quantity! I have fabulous mentors following me, and I started an excel table of my favorite ones. Depending on your interest, passion and priority lookup for specific twitter accounts and promote them! Please do yourself a favor and do promote others, do not worry about your count or how little followers you have: it takes time and effort for a twitter-stream to become a twitte-river don’t you think?

I tweet about Social Business: E20, content & social Marketing, Cloud computing, Social Media Strategy, and BYOD; there are plenty of fabulous people out there: use the proper tools to spot them! It is not difficult: spot the hash tags and look up Dan Zarella’s tool: tweetcharts.com: it is a fabulous tool and it will get you up and running on what is happening on Twitter: Twitter is an extraordinary tool, use it wisely and appreciate the people you meet: avoid the rubbish and I really mean it: you will meet lots of rubbish, but concentrate on the 5% out there worth getting to know! Some of them are writers and contributors to fabulous magazines such as Forbes: I can only think of Meghan M. Biro: @meghanMBiro or Mark Fidelman: @markfidelman to name just a few! David F Carr @davidfcarr is a writer who brings a tremendous contribution to the topic of Enterprise 2.0 as well as Dion Hinchcliffe: @dhinchcliffe. Find out what topic you are interested in and locate your mentors and the leaders you can learn from and start promoting them: do not worry about yourself and apply the biblical principle: do unto others as you would love people to do unto you! This is one of the fundamental of “crowd sourcing” and learning humility because as the bible rightly states: before honour there is humility!

Be humble and earn one tweet at a time every one of your followers by bringing a valuable contribution to the Twitter forum and not by taking short cuts and purchasing fake followers for a couple of dollars: remember your name is so much more worth than 10 or 20 US$

10 additional ways to create Twitter RSS feeds for your CMS or content curation needs (Part 2)

Generating RSS feeds from Twitter is for most of us a very important tool since we often strive to search and find specific real-time information, pictures, music, podcast or a combination of several by adding Boolean search terms! Thanks again to our Irish Twitter Friend Piers Dillon-Scott from whom these additional resources are based and summarized on thanks to Piers: @pdscott.
 
 
10. Picture Search via Twitter
a) Twitter search:
https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/new york pic.twitter.com OR flic.kr OR
twitpic.com OR yfrog.com OR twitgoo.com OR pinterest.com OR instagr.am OR
flickr.com OR imgur.com
 
b) Turning the Twitter search into an RSS feed for your Reader
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=Paris%20pic.twitter.com%20OR%20flic.kr%20OR%20twitpic.com%20OR%20yfr
og.com%20OR%20twitgoo.com%20OR%20pinterest.com%20OR%20instagr.am%20
OR%20flickr.com%20OR%20imgur.com
 
11. Picture search from a specific author
a) Twitter Search:
https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/nytimes pic.twitter.com OR flic.kr OR
twitpic.com OR yfrog.com OR twitgoo.com OR pinterest.com OR instagr.am OR
flickr.com OR imgur.com
 
b) Turning the Twitter search into an RSS feed for your Reader
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=nytimes%20pic.twitter.com%20OR%20flic.kr%20OR%20twitpic.com%20OR%20
yfrog.com%20OR%20twitgoo.com%20OR%20pinterest.com%20OR%20instagr.am
%20OR%20flickr.com%20OR%20imgur.com

12. Twitter picture search from a specific user
a) Twitter Search:
https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/from%3Aphotojournalism pic.twitter.com
OR flic.kr OR twitpic.com OR yfrog.com OR twitgoo.com OR pinterest.com OR
instagr.am OR flickr.com OR imgur.com
 
b) Turning the Twitter search into an RSS feed for your Reader
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=from%3Aphotojournalism%20pic.twitter.com%20OR%20flic.kr%20OR%20twitpi
c.com%20OR%20yfrog.com%20OR%20twitgoo.com%20OR%20pinterest.com%20O
R%20instagr.am%20OR%20flickr.com%20OR%20imgur.com
 
13. Advance Twitter Search for the latest videos being tweeted that mention Social Media or Content Marketing in YouTube, Vimeo & Youtu.be
a) Twitter Search:
1. Use the following string for realtime information: https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/
2. Then adding: New Zealand, YouTube.com, Vimeo.com and YouTu.be with the Boolean search parameters: AND or OR (Remember to capitalize those “TERMS”: and you will get the latest videos on New Zealand:
https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/Social Media%20youtube.com%20OR%20vimeo.com%20OR%20youtu.be
b) Turning Twitter Search for the latest videos in YouTube, Vimeo & Youtu.be Twitter search into RSS Feeds for your reader:
1. Use the following string including Boolean search with
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=
2. New Zealand as a first search example (String confirmed and works)
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?
q=New%20Zealand%20youtube.com%20OR%20vimeo.com%20OR%20youtu.be
3. Social Media Marketing as a second search example (String confirmed and works)
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?
q=Social%20Media%20Marketing%20youtube.com%20OR%20vimeo.com%20OR%
20youtu.be
4) Social Media Campaign as a third search example (String confirmed and works)
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?
q=Social%20Media%20Campaign%20youtube.com%20OR%20vimeo.com%20OR%
20youtu.be
 
14.  Searching Twitter for the latest videos being tweeted that mentions Brian Solis or Nike:
a) Twitter Search
Use the following string: https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/ and add @BrianSolis or @Nike for example.
b) Turning the Twitter search for the latest videos being tweeted that mentions Brian Solis or Nike into a RSS Feed: http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?
q=%40briansolis%20youtube.com%20OR%20vimeo.com%20OR%20youtu.be
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?
q=%40Nike%20youtube.com%20OR%20vimeo.com%20OR%20youtu.be
                                    
15.  Searching Twitter for the latest videos being tweeted from a specific Twitter Account:
a) Twitter Search string
https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/from:@Sony youtube.com OR vimeo.com OR youtu.be
b) Transforming the Twitter Search string into an: RSS Feed:
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?
q=from%3ASony%20youtube.com%20OR%20vimeo.com%20OR%20youtu.be
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?
q=from%3A%40Sony%20youtube.com%20OR%20vimeo.com%20OR%20youtu.be
 
16. Combining Media (Pictures & Videos)
a) Twitter Search:
https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/olympics pic.twitter.com OR flic.kr OR twitpic.com OR yfrog.com OR twitgoo.com OR pinterest.com OR instagr.am OR flickr.com OR imgur.com OR youtube.com OR vimeo.com OR youtu.be
b) Turning the Twittesearch into a RSS Feed:
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?
q=olympics%20pic.twitter.com%20OR%20flic.kr%20OR%20twitpic.com%20OR%2
0yfrog.com%20OR%20twitgoo.com%20OR%20pinterest.com%20OR%20instagr.am
%20OR%20flickr.com%20OR%20imgur.com%20OR%20youtube.com%20OR%20vi
meo.com%20OR%20youtu.be
 
 
17.  Searching Twitter for the latest podcasts, songs and music sound files on Twitter:
a) Twitter Search:
https://twitter.com/#!/search/Lalo Schifrin crunch.fm OR swift.fm OR
tinysong.com OR tunebirds.com OR twt.fm OR spoti.fi OR spotify.com OR
grooveshark.com OR boo.fm OR audioboo.fm OR last.fm OR itunes.apple.com OR
itun.es
b) Turning the Twitter search into an RSS Feed for your reader:
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?
q=Hiromi%20Uehara%20crunch.fm%20OR%20swift.fm%20OR%20tinysong.com%
20OR%20tunebirds.com%20OR%20twt.fm%20OR%20spoti.fi%20OR%20spotify.co
m%20OR%20grooveshark.com%20OR%20boo.fm%20OR%20audioboo.fm%20OR%
20last.fm%20OR%20itunes.apple.com%20OR%20itun.es
 
18.  Searching Twitter for the latest podcasts, songs and music sound files from a specific person: 
a) Twitter Search:
https://twitter.com/#!/search/officialadele crunch.fm OR swift.fm OR tinysong.com OR tunebirds.com OR twt.fm OR spoti.fi OR spotify.com OR grooveshark.com OR boo.fm OR audioboo.fm OR last.fm OR itunes.apple.com OR itun.es
b) Turning the Twitter search into an RSS Feed:
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?
q=LadyGaga%20crunch.fm%20OR%20swift.fm%20OR%20tinysong.com%20OR%2
0tunebirds.com%20OR%20twt.fm%20OR%20spoti.fi%20OR%20spotify.com%20OR
%20grooveshark.com%20OR%20boo.fm%20OR%20audioboo.fm%20OR%20last.fm
%20OR%20itunes.apple.com%20OR%20itun.es
 
19.  Searching Twitter for the latest podcasts, songs and music sound files from a specific person: 
a) Twitter Search:
https://twitter.com/#!/search/from:@sonymusicglobal crunch.fm OR swift.fm OR tinysong.com OR tunebirds.com OR twt.fm OR spoti.fi OR spotify.com OR grooveshark.com OR boo.fm OR audioboo.fm OR last.fm OR itunes.apple.com OR itun.es
b) Turning the Twitter search into an RSS Feed:
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?
q=from%3A%40sonymusicglobal%20crunch.fm%20OR%20swift.fm%20OR%20tiny
song.com%20OR%20tunebirds.com%20OR%20twt.fm%20OR%20spoti.fi%20OR%2
0spotify.com%20OR%20grooveshark.com%20OR%20boo.fm%20OR%20audioboo.f
m%20OR%20last.fm%20OR%20itunes.apple.com%20OR%20itun.es

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

Twitter in Real Life: The Follow Back

Twitter in Real Life: The Follow Back (Photo credit: HubSpot)

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:
http://api.twitter.com/1/AUTHOR/lists/TWITTER-LIST/statuses.atom
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:
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=French%20Recipes
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.
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=%22French%20Recipes%22.
 
 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”: 
http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=movie+%3A%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):
http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?geocode=50.7317166%2C-0.788917%2C100km%2C%23health
 
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

Social Media Integrity: Forging ourselves a good name

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A few days ago I was reading Joel Comm: Where is the integrity in Internet Marketing and could not avoid reflecting on how important it is for human beings to show character, integrity and treat others the same way they desire themselves to be treated and considered. In this busy digital world where everybody is “connected” one way or the other using for the most of us three to five main social media platforms, it has become even more important to forge ourselves a solid reputation and communicate content instead of rubbish! I really mean rubbish and do not think we should clutter our beloved twitter followers’ Ipads or Iphones mailboxes with non-sense unless we are Hollywood stars sipping on a hot drink at the next door coffee shop corner. Relevancy and respect within the message we pass on will remain and as the bible admonishes us in Pro 22:1, seek for yourself a good name: “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold”. It becomes increasingly tedious in this digitally over-wired 21rst century information age to juggle around all the information we get and zero in on relevant content! Even Twits can be now automatically delivered to your Outlook mailbox by using Twinbox and there you have it: Countless daily twits roaring into your mailbox! Being selective becomes then mandatory; spammers, cheap marketers and internet fast lane fortune seekers will be avoided and revoked by intelligent and sensible people striving to bring contribution and content. I can only praise people like Jay Baer or Michael Stelzner, who bring input and show a deep and high degree of professionalism in what they take pride in doing. It is refreshing to know that some do care and want to serve and help their community before being concerned about making heaps of money. We all know bills have to be paid but greed and selfishness will not survive, short gain and fast acquired riches will not withstand the test of character and integrity. Social Media will sift them out. Patrons are not silly when the food they are served is not good enough they usually never return. Social Media savvy and adept digital-citizens prefer to be fed gourmet food with fine delicacy and tasty drinks. It has also to be affordable and bring results. Selecting whom to follow is important but pondering on who is following us is also a bit of a mirror showing us how we do come across in our ongoing “public media campaign”. The old proverb admonishes us that we do reap what we sow or scatter, some are spreading an awful lot of non-sense out there and yes I will join the ranks of leaders like Joel Comm, Jay Baer and Michael Stelzner in fostering quality and content because every single word we write remains and a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.