How to Convert Twitter Lists Into RSS Feeds

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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 and Digg Reader or you can use it with IFTTT’s RSS feed feature.

Watch the process in the video below:

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

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