RSS Esoterica

RSS and Atom feeds will pretty much last forever.

  • The protocol is utterly simple: an updated ticker-tape of the most recent information available in a feed, with RSS being the inception and Atom trying to completely fulfill them.
  • These feeds can apply to nearly anything: blog posts, podcasts, music releases, just about anything else that can be updated.

Most sites have their own feeds built-in, but are an often arcane setup to find if you don’t know what to look for.

Sometimes, tech companies will not make their feeds freely available to enforce a walled garden. But, in those instances, you can usually use a third-party update service for whenever a page changes or new content is distributed.

Blog/Feed Sites

Any WordPress-based website: {WEBSITE}/feed

Blogger: http://{USERNAME}.blogspot.com/rss.xml

Tumblr: https://{USERNAME}.tumblr.com/rss

Content Sites

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos_user.gne?path={USERNAME}&details=1, then look for link at the bottom

Internet Archive: RSS Feeds and the Archive

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/{USERNAME}/feed.rss

Pinterest – board: http://pinterest.com/{USERNAME}/{BOARD}/rss

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?action=history&feed=atom&title={PAGE TITLE} or https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?action=history&feed=rss&title={PAGE TITLE}

Chat/Forum Sites

Hacker News: Hacker News RSS

Reddit: Guide to RSS and Reddit

Reddit – subreddits: https://www.reddit.com/r/{SUBREDDIT NAME}.rss

Stack Overflow: https://stackoverflow.com/feeds/question/{NUMERICAL ID}

Stack Overflow – other: Hidden/non-obvious Stack Exchange RSS feeds

Telegram: https://tg.i-c-a.su/json/{CHANNEL NAME} or https://tg.i-c-a.su/json/{CHANNEL NAME}

Audio Sites

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/lookup?id={NUMERICAL ID}&entity=podcast

SoundCloud: https://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:{CHANNEL NUMERICAL ID}/sounds.rss

Video Sites

Twitch: Twitch stream RSS generator

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id={CHANNEL HASH ID}

Others

You can often get private feeds by publishing to a feed (e.g., cloud storage updates, public notes), which can be very useful for communication on projects.

Most news outlets and independent podcasters have RSS feeds for their articles, and frequently with curated specializations for your convenience.

Evernote: https://www.evernote.com/pub/{USERNAME}/{NOTEBOOK}/feed

Ebay – searches: add “&_rss=1” to the end of a search URL