How to hack an RSS feed from a Twitter hashtag

If you moderate or participate in tweet chats, you know how frantic they can be. In a lively discussion, you can get a constant firehose of tweets pouring at you over the course of the chat, often an hour or so.

Capturing the full flood of Twitter chat is no easy task. There are workarounds (eg, copy tweets and paste periodically into a text editor, or use Storify) yet most if not all are pretty manually intensive.

As a continuing advocate and lover of RSS feeds, it’s great to learn of a simple and easy way to use RSS to automatically capture all tweets in a chat, and in a way that gives you the rich wholeness of a tweet: links to content and to the tweeter’s profile.

Here’s the how-to:

[…] Academic librarian Valerie Forrestal has documented a simple way to score RSS feeds for any Twitter search result, i.e. for hashtags. Following her cheat sheet, we see that it’s simple matter of plugging in the search keyword into this formula:

http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=%23hashtag

Replace the bold “hashtag” with your own keyword, drop this URL into an RSS reader, and you’ve got yourself a continuous RSS feed of that hashtag.

I set this up on a tweet chat I facilitated yesterday – http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=%23dellsmbchat – and it works perfectly. I have that feed plugged into FeedDemon on my Windows desktop, with the feed properties set to keep 500+ tweets so I can capture all of yesterday’s discussion.

Nice tip from +Mark Sample, assistant professor of literature and new media at George Mason University.

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Hacking an RSS Feed for Twitter Hashtags – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education
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