Pulling Twitter Feeds into Google Reader

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I am consolidating all of my social networking to Google+, but I do get a lot of value from Twitter. This value largely comes in the form of links, since Twitter is barely useful for actual conversations, so I don’t want to lose this ability, but I don’t want to continually have to open Twitter and scroll through the stream to catch up.

I spend a lot of my time in Google Reader, so the easiest way to deal with this would be to add a Twitter folder in Google Reader and then take in an RSS feed of each person I follow. It turns out this is actually pretty easy.

Twitter already has baked into it’s API the ability to pull a stream from any account. For instance, to pull an RSS feed of my account use this url:


Now simply subscribe to the RSS feed in Google Reader, attach a label, and problem solved.

Update – 12/30/2012

This method seemed to stop working when subscribing in Google Reader at some point. It does, however, still work with a minor tweak. I create a proxy using PHP which the reaches out and pulls in the feed and this seem to then work.

    $feed = file_get_contents('https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=elroyjetson');
    echo $feed;

For whatever reason, this makes it work.

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