How to Follow a Twitter Feed in Your RSS Reader

By Lori Kaufman on June 25th, 2012

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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 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
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