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How to Follow a Twitter Feed in Your RSS Reader

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You probably have an RSS reader you really like and several feeds you follow. We encountered a situation recently where we had a Twitter feed for free eBooks (HundredZeros), but no RSS feed on the website and no RSS button on the Twitter feed.

NOTE: See our recent article about HundredZeros for more information about it.

We wanted to add the Twitter feed for HundredZeros (https://twitter.com/#!/HundredZeros) to our RSS reader so all our feeds are available in a centralized place. However, you can’t simply paste the URL for the Twitter feed into your RSS reader. You must determine the ID for the Twitter name first.

There is a site, called TwIDder, that allows you to convert from a Twitter username to the corresponding ID and from an ID to a Twitter username. Go to the following URL:

http://id.twidder.info/

Enter the username for the Twitter feed in the User Name edit box and click >> ID number. The corresponding ID for the username displays to the right of the ID number button. Copy that ID, or at least make a note of it somewhere.

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Open your RSS reader. We’re using Desktop Google Reader in our example. Click the button or select the menu item to add or subscribe to a new feed.

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Enter the following URL as the feed URL, replacing the XXX with the ID number on the TwIDder page.

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/XXX.rss

For example, we used the following URL to subscribe to the HundredZeros Twitter feed in our RSS reader.

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/563838090.rss

Subscribe to the feed.

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The feed is added to your RSS reader.

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You can now follow your RSS feeds and Twitter feeds in one application. Handy!

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 06/25/12

Comments (8)

  1. Amit Agarwal

    Actually you figure out the feed without knowing the ID. See this:

    http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/labnol.rss

    Replace Labnol with another twitter username

  2. mehrad

    i use google reader and add link of twitter in subscribe box

  3. JP

    In Google Reader choose Browse for Stuff and go to the Search tab. In the middle section titled “Stay connected to friends & family” paste HundredZeros into the Username field and select Twitter from the drop down. Click Subscribe and call it a day.

    The only time that this doesn’t work is if it is a protected Twitter account that needs your corresponding authorized Twitter account for access. But for 90% of Twitter feeds that you want to follow in an RSS it’s works great. Been using it for a couple of years now.

  4. Jim

    ^nice tip JP.

  5. Bradfree

    Is it possible to do this somehow in the web version of Google Reader?

  6. Beatnink

    So, where is the RSS feed for the HTG website pages?

  7. Farhan
  8. Anth

    Anything the same for Facebook?

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