Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Twitter RSS Feed Cheat Sheet (Redux)

Some notes on constructing searches that I've learned the hard way, but you don't have to:
  • Find a handy url-encoding cheat-sheet, like this one: You will have to replace special characters  (@, #, :, etc.) with their url-encoded version.

  • + and %20 (a url-encoded space) seem to be interchangeable when constructing complex search queries. If one doesn't work in between each search parameter, try the other. (Replace the "+" with OR for searches that return any of the keywords/search parameters, as opposed to all the keywords/search parameters.)

  • To see how Twitter itself is constructing a query, do the search in their advanced search (!/search-advanced), then follow this formula to construct your feed:

    Take the url that is produced from your search and replace the first part (!/search/) with the rss version (

    You will go from this:!/search/librarian%20tattoo
    to this: librarian%20tattoo

  • You can probably replace the ".atom" with ".rss" if you prefer. (As pointed out by @calimae.)


Here are some pre-constructed feeds, where you just replace the bold info with the info you want to use:

Hashtag search:

User mention search:

Specific user's entire timeline:

Keyword search:

Location + keyword search:

User mention + hashtag:

User + hashtag:

Hashtag + date:

*For the original version of this post, with more details, see: