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How RSS flows through Twitter and vice versa
By Dave Winer on Monday, May 09, 2011 at 10:41 AM.

There's some discussion today about Twitter and its RSS support.  #

I have some information to add to the discussion. #

1. As far as I know all users have RSS feeds. The URL for my feed:  #

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/3839.rss  #

I assume that's because I was the 3839th person to sign up for an account on Twitter. If you have a Twitter account you have a feed. If you want to find it, you can use the Twitter RSS bookmarklet.  #

Personally, I don't subscribe to anyone's Twitter feed in my RSS aggregator, and I'm a systematic user of RSS (of course). Twitter feeds are not generally news-heavy, and that's the primary reason I use RSS. Adam Curry tried an experiment and subscribed to all the Twitter users he follows in Blork and wrote up the experience.  #

2. On the other side, much of the news you get in Twitter flows through TwitterFeed from RSS and Atom feeds. You can check that out, I have. If you're seeing news in Twitter, it's very likely coming from RSS.  #

A picture named flow.jpg #

As to why people spread disinformation about RSS in tech blogs, I have no idea why they do it. You should ask them. :-) #

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