December 2, 2013

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How To Create RSS Feeds For Twitter Profiles?


How To Create RSS Feeds For Twitter Profiles?
Twitter recently dropped support for RSS feeds, which caused quite an inconvenience. RSS feeds make life easier, and without them, you cannot use your data elsewhere. Twitter RSS feeds used to let you track search results, import your Twitter timelines to your blog, and cross-publish your tweets on other platforms as they are tweeted. These features are no more. Do not despair though, for there is another solution you can make use of to create RSS feeds for Twitter Profiles.

I say Twitter 'profiles', and not 'profile', because the usage of RSS feeds goes beyond simply your own profile. You can create RSS feeds for various Twitter streams, and that includes not only your timeline, but also Twitter search results for specific keywords (infinitely useful if you ask me!), other users' timelines (example, the people you follow), and even Twitter lists.

If you know what IFTTT is, then another advantage of having RSS feeds for you is to be able to set up IFTTT recipes that trigger to perform a certain action whenever you post a new Tweet (for example, publish it to Facebook etc.).

Missing the RSS feeds already? Let's look into working around the problem and creating a feed for and by ourselves.

Creating an RSS feed for Twitter

To work around this problem, we'll have to make use of a Twitter widget and a Google Script. Even though Twitter dropped support for RSS feeds, it still offers widgets for bloggers and webmasters to embed Twitter timelines into their website. Utilizing these widgets, along with a customized script from Google, we can turn them into RSS feeders of sorts.

Step 1: Create new widget

Open up your Twitter homepage, and then click on Settings at the top-right. Now go to Widgets, and add a new widget. Create a widget you want to generate RSS feeds for. For example, here you can create widgets for user timelines, search results for specific keywords, Twitter lists, etc.

Create Widget


Once you have created a new widget, note down its ID. You will need the widget ID later while running your script. The ID of a widget can be found in the URL of that widget.

Step 2: Run Google Script

Create a copy of the Google Script by clicking here. Click on Run >> Twitter_RSS to start-up the script. Click on Continue, and then Accept to grant permissions to your app.

Run script
(Script courtesy: Labnol)

Step 3: Publish!

Now, you're all set and ready to publish. Go to Publish >> Deploy as Web App. Click on the Save New Version button, and then under Who has access to the app, select Anyone, including Anonymous. Now Deploy your app!

Deploy Script

Step 4: Get URL

You will now get a URL such as the one below;
  • "https://script.google.com/macros/s/AKfycbz_ebQJ1Yvt_wZ3VCac9cK8EXEZD5DH0OH7rdKLxopxgZcNJ1XT/exec"
Append your Twitter widget ID to the URL as shown below. The ID for our widget was "407558739877568513".
  • https://script.google.com/macros/s/AKfycbz_ebQJ1Yvt_wZ3VCac9cK8EXEZD5DH0OH7rdKLxopxgZcNJ1XT/exec?407558739877568513
You're now all set. You can use the URL of this feed for an IFTTT recipe, or subscribe to the feed using Feedly. You might not have as much luck with FeedBurner, however, since that service doesn't recognize feeds generated by Google Scripts (pretty ironic, considering FeedBurner is a Google service).

Anyhow, do test out this tutorial, and tell us if you're having any problems creating an RSS feed using this method. Looking forward to hearing from you :)


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  5. I have problem in - Step 3: Publish!
    All option are disabled so what to do now ?
    Click this link to preview : https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-sRgJbP99I6Q/Up4lgW7pvlI/AAAAAAAALVY/LqebRDgMtS4/s1024/Untitled.png

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  6. Thanks for sharing this great post,.
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  7. The thing is that Qasim has brought certain changes onto the script generator such that

    The changed the license that Amit Agarwal Created and runs the script that's way this fake generator doesn't work properly

    Also he changed the name of the .gs format file from labnol.gs to code.gs

    Also he changed the Title of the generator

    Original generator link is Original Feed Generator

    It works for and i created my twitter RSS feed from Amit's Tutorial as i'm one of the regular readers and YouTube audience of Amit Agarwal

    My new generated Twitter RSS feed URL is

    Get RSS Twitter

    Qasim did a great mistake by copying script also brought a great blame onto Muhammad's Reputed Blog MBT

    I think Qasim should quite from Blogging From MBT

    Let MMA inform this blemish Issues..

    Regards: http://thewildblogger.com

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    1. Hi Ahmed Shawan,

      You are absolutely right ...
      Qasim should quite from Blogging From MBT

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    2. That's why i don't like to create authors for my site because i know they will spoil my work sometimes.
      Late but best .

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