Thanks to great people on the internet I was able to learn very quickly how to turn any twitter tweets into an RSS Feed. And this RSS Feed can be used anywhere! and it can be even displayed within a blog post!
With the new Twitter API v. 1.1 this became a more complex operation than it used to be.
Luckily there are fantastic teachers out there who share their great work-arounds for free.
My great learning journey started with Amit Agarwal and his blog post and video on
How to Create RSS Feeds for Twitter – Video Tutorial.
If you follow carefully his steps you will end up with an url that will be the first step towards the RSS Feed to be used anywhere. (If you want to turn your own twitter tweets into RSS see advice at the end of my blog post).
Once you created this url it will only work in Feedly or in Feedbin. Most other RSS Readers will not accept at this point. This was advised by the web-geek Mona Sorcelli.
It was through the help of Manuel Meurer and his great post on How to set up automatic retweeting using a Google Apps Script, Yahoo Pipes, and TwitterFeed.
From this post you will only need the second act – the Yahoo Pipes. Click on the link of his published pipe on Yahoo and enter the URL you created with the help of Amit Agarwal and you will get to an RSS Feed that can be used anywhere. (If you want to customize the feed your way – see further down in my blog post).
To get the final RSS feed to use in any RSS Reader or website click on the button “Get as RSS” that will appear once you run the Yahoo Pipe of Manuel Meurer. Copy the RSS Feed URL from the browser into any RSS Reader.
Turn your own twitter feed into RSS feed
If you want to turn your own twitter feeds into RSS than you can use the following approach shown by Neil Ball – How To Create A Twitter RSS Feed – New Version Since API Switch Off.
Manipulate the Output of the RSS feed
If you want to customize the output of the RSS feed that you get out the Yahoo Pipe created by Manuel Meurer please visit my clone of his Yahoo Pipe. I had to add the user input element “URL input” at the beginning of the pipe to make the clone work.
Automatic Twitter Updates triggered by the RSS feed
And thanks to Manuel Meurer advice you can use Twitterfeed to create automatic retweets.
Twitterfeed will usually only update every 30 Minutes.
I use IFTTT (If This Than That) which is usually faster than Twitterfeed.
Choose Feed as your trigger channel and insert the url to your rss feed.
Realtime Updates with Pubsubhubbub
There is also a faster way if you reprogram the google script from Amit Agarwal to include pubsubhubbub. Pubsubhubbub provides realtime notifications. It was developed by Brad Fitzpatrick and Brett Slatkin of Google and Martin Atkins of Six Apart.
The XML created with the google script from Amit Agarwal would need the following addition:
< atom:link rel=”hub” href=”http://pubsubhubbub.appspot.com”/ >
More useful Information on pubsubhubbub is here.
Hope I was helpful.
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