Finding your Twitter RSS feed

Unlike many people, I quite like “new” Twitter (although it doesn’t seem that new any more!) – compared with “old” Twitter, the website is far more usable but it did lose one item of functionality – that of finding the RSS feed for your Twitterstream.

For those who think RSS is dead – it’s not dead – it’s just not something we have to think about too often (like HTTP) and (just like HTTP) it’s still a very useful technology. I think I once saw a response from Twitter that suggested browsers can identify RSS feeds in pages now, but all that seems to turn up is a feed of my favourites.

Anyway, Twitter came to my rescue on this one – not the website/API people, but the people who follow me (thanks guys).  And then I saw the same question asked again today, so I thought I should blog the answer.

Your Twitter stream is available at http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/twitteruserid.rss.

So how do you get your Twitter user ID? Well, there’s a website that will help to get a Twitter ID from a username and your Twitter user number is also available in the properties displayed for your user on many Twitter clients. For me it’s 56967616 so my Twitter stream is at http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/56967616.rss.

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