Hidden and less hidden RSS feeds on some major social networks

Examples for RSS feed options of some social sites.

RSS1 used to be THE thing to follow people all around. It has a gargantuan advantage compared to any “Follow” button on any website: it used to be platform and service independent but centralized in your chosen RSS reader. The reader crawled all the RSS feeds you were “following” from all around the internet - and that’s it. Like e-mail. And it’s also the easiest way to anonymously stalk around. Since Google phased out it’s Reader, RSS slowly started to fade out but some other services still have it - and it’s good for you.

The Good

Below the services who play nice and do show the RSS feed URLs in the gallery/page/portfolio site source code - only none of the “modern” browsers care anymore to show the RSS icon in the toolbar.

deviantArt

http://backend.deviantart.com/rss.xml?q=gallery%3AUSERNAME.

gallery: becomes gallery%3A due to the URL encoding; only replace the USERNAME with the deviantArt username.

Tumblr

http://USERNAME.tumblr.com/rss

Tumblr is one of the exceptions: most of the themes still have the RSS logo with the RSS link underneath it.

WordPress

WordPress ( both .com and hosted sites ) nearly always have RSS feeds for the site, for the categories, the tags; even for comments, sitewise and per entry.

Examples:

full site feed
http://USERNAME.wordpress.com/comments/feed
full comments feed
http://USERNAME.wordpress.com/comments/feed
category feed
http://USERNAME.wordpress.com/category/CATEGORYNAME/feed
post specific comments feed
http://USERNAME.wordpress.com/URL/TO/THE/POST/feed

Blogspot.com

http://USERNAME.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

The Ugly

The following sites are not really announcing - or not the way they should, within the actual page - the following RSS feed options.

Flickr

To get the feed of a single person use: https://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?lang=en-us&format=rss_200&id=USERID.

Unfortunately, the USERID is not the username, and to get the actual ID you either need to need to use the Flickr API or visit a 3rd party service, like http://idgettr.com/. At least you can specify set IDs as well to follow, the details are at https://www.flickr.com/services/feeds/.

There is also a way to get the feed of everyone you follow: https://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_friends.gne?lang=en-us&format=rss_200&id=USERID but in this case, USERID should be your own ID.

Behance

https://www.behance.net/USERNAME.xml

Replace USERNAME with the Behance portfolio owner’s username.

Pinterest

http://www.pinterest.com/USERNAME/BOARDNAME.rss

to get the feed of a specific board. I could not find the way to get a feed of all boards of a user.

Instagram

http://widget.websta.me/rss/n/USERNAME

will get a user’s feed.

And the Bad

Facebook

Nope. No RSS. Nothing to see here.

Twitter

Not anymore.

Google+

There never was one.

Footnotes

There is a small software, rss2email2 that can parse RSS feeds and convert the entries to e-mails; I’m still using it, and it’s great. No missed posts, no looking around for updates, just new messages in my Inbox. Also, 2.70 works better for me than 2.71.


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rss

  2. http://www.allthingsrss.com/rss2email/download/



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