Hidden and less hidden RSS feeds on some major social networks

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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/