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twitter changed & broke RSS feeds

Postby netllama » 13 Oct 2012, 22:44

A few days ago, the idiots at Twitter decided to quietly deprecate the RSS feeds URL that had worked for years, and replace it with a new URL (also without any formal announcement that I can find). The old URL format was like this:
https://twitter.com/statuses/friends_ti ... 234567.rss

The new format is like this:
https://api.twitter.com/1/favorites.rss ... e=netllama
https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user ... e=netllama

The closest thing that I can find to a public announcement is this buried "not a bug" support request:
https://dev.twitter.com/issues/558

I'm not sure if this requires any code based changes in ttrss, but none of my feeds that specify the old or new format are working. The old one seems to randomly fail (sometimes it seems to work, but pulls down nothing new). The new one doesn't seem to error at all, but also pulls down nothing new.

Does anyone using twitter RSS feeds have it working currently? If so, did you need to make any changes?

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Re: twitter changed & broke RSS feeds

Postby netllama » 13 Oct 2012, 22:46

BTW, the only way I figured this out was after googling, and stumbling across the following:
http://bcooksley.blogspot.com/2012/10/t ... lanet.html
https://drupal.org/node/1811444
http://www.grafxflow.co.uk/blog/php-and ... -read-fix/
http://gregshead.net/2012/twitter-rss/
http://productforums.google.com/forum/# ... lxatAc9Sv4

Prior to that, all I knew was that something was broken somewhere when I went from getting a (typical) several hundred new items on the twitter feeds each day, to zero.

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Re: twitter changed & broke RSS feeds

Postby netllama » 14 Oct 2012, 00:40

FWIW, it looks like the 'new' RSS feed URL does work.

From the link in the previous post, it sounds like the next version of ttrss will no longer support twitter's OAuth at all, since twitter RSS feeds will cease working on (or before) March 5, 2013 ?

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Re: twitter changed & broke RSS feeds

Postby fox » 14 Oct 2012, 01:10

Yes. They actively hate third party developers now, so I see no reason in supporting this crap.

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Re: twitter changed & broke RSS feeds

Postby markwaters » 14 Oct 2012, 12:24

thanks for finding and sharing this netllama

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Re: twitter changed & broke RSS feeds

Postby netllama » 26 Oct 2012, 05:35

Since the fools at twitter are going to take RSS away altogether, and ttrss-1.6.0 removes the twitter support (as a result of twitter's decision), I decided to come up with an alternative solution. I'm generating my own self hosted twitter RSS feed, which I then use ttrss to consume. I've documented everything here:
https://netllama.linux-sxs.org/llamaland/?p=1459

Its a bit hacky, but it works well enough for my needs. Hopefully it will be useful to others who haven't found alternative solutions.

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Re: twitter changed & broke RSS feeds

Postby joseph-mx » 27 Oct 2012, 05:10

i have never thought of follow twitter using rss before.. find it weird. :|

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Re: twitter changed & broke RSS feeds

Postby helt » 27 Oct 2012, 10:47

so i stick to 1.5 until twitter really shuts it down :/

twitter is a weird thing to follow :) but sadly there are some folks, that post on twitter only :/

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Re: twitter changed & broke RSS feeds

Postby markwaters » 27 Oct 2012, 12:16

For pulling my twitter timeline into TTRSS I am using a PHP script called twitterfeed.

I updated the twittersupport wiki page with more info.

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Re: twitter changed & broke RSS feeds

Postby padde » 08 Dec 2012, 13:17

markwaters wrote:For pulling my twitter timeline into TTRSS I am using a PHP script called twitterfeed.


Thanks for that info on the TwitterSupport page. I just implemented that solution on my server as well.

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Re: twitter changed & broke RSS feeds

Postby padde » 09 Dec 2012, 07:00

I added URL un-shortening to the original twitterfeed.php, so it's easier to see where a link is going, and whether it's worthwhile to click it. Though I'd share it here.

https://patrick-nagel.net/scripts/twitt ... edplus.php


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