Thursday, June 02, 2011

How To Find Twitter RSS Feed

Twitter recently removed the RSS feed links on all of their account pages. The move is to push the use of their API instead of using RSS, which is more labor intensive to keep up. I for one was disappointed in this move because the RSS feed was much easier to code for versus the Twitter API. But Twitter did not officially kill the RSS feed for Twitter profiles. There is a little hack that will allow you to access any user's RSS feed.
  1. You will need the RSS feed URL structure, http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/0000000.rss
  2. Next you will need to locate the Twitter profile number. This number represents the actual position of when you signed up for Twitter. The lower the number the older the account. To find this number you will need to download the Twitter app on your tablet or phone. Once downloaded you will need to navigate to the individual's account profile. Right under their name and Twitter handle you will see a number (i.e. #17,269,569).
  3. Replace the 0000000 with this user number (without commas and the # sign).

8 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:57 PM

    An alternative is as follows...

    You need a browser with a "Developer Tools" option - so Chrome or IE9 will do fine (others maybe). Call up the relevant Twitter page and then go into the Developer Tools (hit F12).

    In the search field (top right) enter the following:

    profile-actions profile-actions

    (yes, type that twice with a space between).

    You should get to a line that looks something like:

    < div class="profile-actions profile-actions-000000000 clearfix">

    The '000000000' is the number you're after.

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  2. Anonymous9:16 AM

    An easier way to find your profile number.
    http://www.idfromuser.com/

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  3. i found this website that allows you to find the required id number by entering the username.

    http://www.idfromuser.com/

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  4. thanks for this info, just what I was looking for.

    Here is a simple site for finding out a user's profile number : http://www.idfromuser.com/

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  5. Is there a way to liit the feed to the last 24 hours / current date?

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  6. Anonymous8:06 AM

    You can use to the web
    http://twitterfeeder.com
    You insert de twitter username and it gives you de link to the RSS feed

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  7. Thanks. 12 page I found, but yours worked. Appreciate it!

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  8. Anonymous6:47 AM

    This works great. Thanks!

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