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Did you invest a ton of time creating Twitter lists but would rather follow them as an RSS feed? Want to create an online magazine using a Twitter list that someone else created? By converting Twitter lists to RSS feeds, you can do just that.

Since Twitter removed the feature, there are a few work arounds, the best of which comes courtesy of Digital Inspiration. Here’s how it works.

Step 1: Create a Widget

Log into your Twitter account and navigate to your Widgets. You can do this by clicking on this link or going to your settings and selecting it from the menu close to the bottom of the list.

Click the “Create New” button and it will open up the dialog where you can create a new widget. The good news is that this method will work with more than just lists. You can also generate a widget for a specific user or search term, so you could technically create an RSS feed for either of those as well.

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For our purposes, we’re going to go to the “Lists” window, where you’ll find a dropdown menu of all the lists that you’ve created and the lists that you follow as well. You don’t need to make another selections – just hit the “Create New Widget” button.

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Leave that window open for now and move to the next step.

Step 2: Run Google Script

In order to convert that Twitter widget into an RSS feed, you’ll need to use a Google Script created by Digital Inspiration’s Amit Agarwal, which you can find here. Make a copy of the script by clicking here. This will open up the following window:

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Follow the instructions outlined on the site, beginning with clicking on the Twitter RSS script link. In the menu at the top click on Run and choose “Twitter_RSS”. You will see an authorization window, where you should click “Continue” and then click “Allow” when the dialog box appears. As it says above, this is a one-time process.

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Next step is to go to Publish in the menu and select “Deploy as Web App”. In the dialog box that opens up, the only change you need to make is to the “Who has access to the app”. Select “Anyone, even anonymous” from the drop-down menu and hit Deploy.

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This will open up yet another dialog box with a link to your script. Copy that link and paste it into notepad, or anywhere you can see the entire address.

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Step 3: Bring Them Together

Now you need to take some information from your widget, merge it with the Google Script, and you’ll have a working RSS feed. Go back to the widget window and in the URL you’ll want to copy and paste the widget’s ID or the long string of numbers.

If you closed the Widget window by mistake, you can always retrieve this information by going back to your Widgets under settings and hitting the “Edit” button for the list widget.

In the following URL, the numbers 123456789 would be the ID:

https://twitter.com/settings/widgets/123456789

Your  Google Script address should look like this, where ABCDE is an extremely long string of letters and numbers:

https://script.google.com/macros/s/ABCDE/exec

The next step is to add the Widget ID to the Script address, preceded by a question mark, so in the examples above you would end up with this:

https://script.google.com/macros/s/ABCDE/exec?123456789

You can then take this RSS feed and use it however you would any other RSS feed. You can then create a personal online magazine using RSS readers like Feedly Feedly, Reviewed: What Makes It Such A Popular Google Reader Replacement? Feedly, Reviewed: What Makes It Such A Popular Google Reader Replacement? Now that Google Reader is but a distant memory, the fight for the future of RSS is truly on. One of the most notable products fighting the good fight is Feedly. Google Reader wasn't an... Read More and Digg Reader Digg Reader Is A Beautifully Minimal Alternative To Feedly Digg Reader Is A Beautifully Minimal Alternative To Feedly Digg launched a reader in June following the shutdown of Google Reader. Digg Reader is a slick, minimal reader that puts the focus where it should be -- on the articles you want to read. Read More or you can use it with IFTTT’s RSS feed feature 5 Unusual IFTTT Recipes You May Not Have Thought Of 5 Unusual IFTTT Recipes You May Not Have Thought Of You've got the folks at IFTTT who make web automation look like childs play. It's quite impressive. I decided to finally start digging through IFTTT to see if I could come up with a few... Read More .

Watch the process in the video below:

How would use a Twitter list RSS feed? Let us know in the comments. 

  1. David
    March 25, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I for one am extremely grateful for the details you included, Nancy. I felt like such a Twitter loser because I could never consistently find tweets on topics that I can blog about.

    Nicely done. Thank you!

    • Nancy Messieh
      March 27, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks David! I appreciate your feedback. Twitter lists really are a great source of inspiration!

  2. Dan
    March 24, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Or... simply use a web service like http://twitrss.me Her you go, Nancy your RSS twitter feed http://twitrss.me/twitter_user_to_rss/?user=nfm

    ?Note from the commenter? All these "freelance" writers are the reason for misleading the masses or rehashing someone else's idea. Back in the day, it was known as plagiarism. Today, it's the norm.

    I commend you, Nancy Messieh, for including the line and giving credit where credit is do. I faithfully read articles from Amit Agarwal AKA Digital Inspiration.

    • Nancy Messieh
      March 24, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks for your comment Dan. Actually that service only works with user accounts not lists, which is what I set out to do.

      And as to your second point - as you yourself mentioned, I credited Amit multiple times throughout the piece, and thought I might write a more detailed tutorial for MUO readers. Thanks again for your comment.

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