Just spotted that these feeds no longer work. No more Twitter RSS feeds at all, unless you know a way of reproducing them through coding cleverness and / or have access to a server.
There's a new service http://www.twitter-rss.com/ which works for people (not hashtags or anything else). See also http://siftlinks.com/ which does the same with tweets but only for those with links. Thanks to Mark Braggins who commented here http://brodiesnotes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/twitter-has-killed-off-rss-feeds-thats.html
Edit: 17 Jan 2013
For nerdy folk with a server / web host and techy skills, have a look at this page where someone has outlined a method of creating their own RSS from Twitter output
If you are using RSS feeds and have found that they've stopped working you'll need to make sure your feed URL is of the second type not the first, just swap my name for the screen name you want:
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/jobrodie.rss <-- not working
https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=jobrodie <-- correct
There's a petition to see if we can persuade Twitter to have a bit of a rethink on this.
Many people use Twitter widgets to ping their tweets into their website but some people use RSS feeds from Twitter to send their tweets to a variety of places (including FriendFeed). Up until recently people could do this with just the direct output from Twitter (not the RSS) using IFTTT but a couple of weeks ago Twitter asked IFTTT to drop that functionality. They weren't being mean, although it seems a bit like it, but IFTTT were using Twitter's system in a way that Twitter had already asked people not to use.
So some of us who used this sort of thing figured that the RSS feeds would work as a workaround, until Twitter stops support for RSS (due to happen in March 2013).
Yesterday a few people noticed that their RSS feeds had stopped working. For example a friend noticed that their corporate tweets were no longer showing up on the company intranet, having previously imported the RSS feed from there. An account I'd set up on Twitter which reposted Twitter RSS content also stopped working and my own favorites (saved as Opera mail in the Opera browser) have stopped updating.
We (people commenting on Twitter) wondered if Twitter had killed RSS a bit earlier than intended. I'm checking through my list of RSS feed options but have crossed out the ones that have definitely stopped working, and have asked Twitter if they can supply alternatives. I googled Twitter RSS but used the mildly advanced tools to select only new information published in the last 24 hours and found this https://dev.twitter.com/discussions/11582 which suggests that the RSS feeds haven't actually been killed yet, although they seem a bit fragile.
All these show up as a readable web page if you paste the URL into the Opera browser (doesn't work in Chrome at all) and some other browsers. 'Working' means it shows up as a page, not necessarily that it's capable of sending a feed somewhere else.
Twitter's confirmed that these RSS feed URLs
User: https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=jobrodie <-- working User: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=jobrodie <-- working User: http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?user_id=15209730 <-- working (that's my Twitter ID, you'll need to use your own) Mentions: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=@jobrodie <-- working Favourites: http://api.twitter.com/1/favorites.rss?screen_name=jobrodie <-- appears to be working when pasted into Opera as a URL but my automated reader (Opera mail) stopped recording them on 4 October so I've reset it Search: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=fluffy%20bunnies (%20 acts as 'space') <-- working Hashtag search: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=%23scicomm (%23 acts as '#')
- List: there is no working RSS feed for lists - I tweeted with one of the Twitter API people and confirmed this.
Recap - this is a separate problem from IFTTT stopping Twitter triggers. When that stopped working we simply swapped our Twitter triggers for Twitter RSS triggers and everything carried on fine until yesterday - if the RSS feeds don't work at all then I'm afraid I don't know how to get around that yet.
If you have RSS feeds coming from somewhere else and going to Twitter that will continue to work fine, this is only about taking RSS data from Twitter and putting it somewhere else. Twitter doesn't like that.
New Twitter API drops support for RSS, puts limits on third-party clients
Mashable.com (5 September 2012)
A Directory of RSS Feeds of Popular Social Sites
Labnol.org (3 September 2012)
Case studies - examples of using RSS feeds from Twitter to send somewhere else
- I use the Opera browser to open my favorites feed as a web page at which point it asks me if I want to subscribe - I say yes and am able to save my faves using Opera Mail.
- Your story here :)