Subscribe: Ask MetaFilter questions tagged with rss
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade B rated
Language: English
content  day  don  email  feed  feeds  find  japanese  make  media  pipes  posted  reader  social media  social  time  twitter 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: Ask MetaFilter questions tagged with rss

Ask MetaFilter questions tagged with rss

Questions tagged with 'rss' at Ask MetaFilter.

Published: Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:26:43 -0800

Last Build Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:26:43 -0800


How to make a newsletter as painless as possible

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:26:43 -0800

I am starting up a newsletter for my organization. This will include a calendar of events plus various other short announcements. Ideally, it would (i) pull in the events from an RSS feed, (ii) allow users to submit announcements for inclusion via some kind of online form, and (iii) allow me to review and edit everything before sending. What's the best way to accomplish this? I don't mind if the initial setup is a bit labor-intensive as long as it's relatively painless after that.

RSS feeds you don't have to click on

Sat, 06 May 2017 03:26:02 -0800

I'm looking for interesting RSS feeds that you don't have to expand to read the rest of the article. Most I've seen are headlines or summaries that you need to click on to follow up. Do you know any where the while content is in the bit of RSS that will be seen in the feed? Any topics considered!

Is there way to "mirror" an RSS feed?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:58:14 -0800

Is there way to "mirror" an RSS feed? That is, duplicate an RSS feed so the same content is reproduced in two different RSS feeds? Is there way to "mirror" an RSS feed? That is, duplicate an RSS feed so the same content is reproduced in two different feeds?

My org needs this for to migrate to a new social media management tool, Buffer; we're migrating from SocialFlow. We're a news org and we post about 20+ times a day on both Facebook and Twitter. We create unique content (FB posts and Tweets) for each platform, and different team members are assigned to each account (often at the same time of the day).

Like SocialFlow, Buffer supports feeds, but in SocialFlow, an RSS feed is sent directly to each social media account (eg, FB, Twitter) that is being managed. The social media accounts appear as tabs.

In SF this makes it easy to see what needs to be posted, and what has been posted on each account -- Twitter is separated and contained, and Facebook is separate and contained.

In Buffer, the RSS feed (, etc) goes to the Buffer account, and you can choose to post to Facebook OR Twitter OR both.

If you post to Facebook, the link then is removed from the interface, and cannot be (re)posted on Twitter until the Facebook post has gone live.

This is a problem for a couple of reasons -- if we need to make sure all content is posted in a timely fashion on both accounts it makes it tough to see what needs posting.

And we have such a volume of posts that our social media managers cannot keep track of what needs to be posted on the website.

I am looking for a solution to replicate or mirror RSS feeds (one for FB, one for Twitter), but thought AskMe might have a solution.


RSS feed for AFP German 'Topthemen'?

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:19:25 -0800

Is there any way to get an RSS feed for the German language 'Topthemen' ("Top Topics") that the wire-service AFP publishes on their website? I've found that these short articles with simple vocabulary and grammar are pretty good for my German, so I'd like to add them as an RSS feed to my reader to keep me in the daily habit of reading a little German. I've seen that AFP shut down their own RSS feed close to ten years ago, so I'm not expecting much, but it would be great if anyone knows any German newspaper that offers a straight feed of the AFP.

Ideally it would preserve the original headlines and text as it comes from the wire service, and ideally it would only show the top ten stories or so per day (i.e. the 'Topthemen'), but beggars can't be choosers.

I see, for example, that Yahoo publishes all the German-language AFP articles (e.g. this one from today), but I don't see a way to get any RSS feed, let alone an RSS feed of just the AFP.

Any help appreciated!

iTunes won't accept my podcast. What am I doing wrong?

Thu, 19 May 2016 12:26:23 -0800

I've been fighting with this for so many days that I'm starting to not see straight ... but iTunes Podcasts Connect says that it can't accept my feed. Please tell me what I'm doing wrong. The podcast is question is at my website, in my profile, and here's the specific URL that Wordpress tells me is the "series feed URL":

But iTunes tells me:

"No episodes exist in your feed" (there are six episodes there)
"Can’t submit your feed. There is no category tag in your feed, or the category tag is empty." (In the WP dashboard, categories are thoroughly tagged for the series.)

I'm lost ... what am I doing wrong here?

Rolling my own personal news digest!

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 07:20:30 -0800

I'd like to automate my daily consumption of longform articles, MeFi posts, Youtube videos and funny gifs, into one email or RSS post. I have a serious fear of missing out so I subscribe to a ton of sites through Feedly. I also subscribe to quite a few newsletters. I'd like to take all of my favorite sources, filter them, combine them and output them in a bare bones, stripped down Markdown or HTML type email or webpage. How can I do so?

My current set-up involves combining and filtering a few feeds with the help of FeedRinse, and then subscribing to them through Feedly. I also have IFTTT set-up, but it can't be automated to strip down formatting and convert to Markdown or HTML. The problem with this is that it still breaks everything up into multiple posts, has crappy formatting and doesn't reduce the number of places I need to go to.

Also, there isn't a simple way to get the full text version of RSS posts for me to be able combine some of my other favorite sources. How do I do so?

I don't mind paying for a service if you've used it in the past and found it useful. I've heard of Huggin but since they don't provide a hosted solution, it's slightly too complicated for me to deploy.

I loved Yahoo pipes and thought it was awesome! I miss the functionality and the ability to do a ton of cool stuff. Does there exist something somewhat even close to it?

How can I hire someone to help me a small PHP/RSS project

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:13:10 -0800

I'd like to hire someone to help me make an RSS aggregator, to replace a yahoo-pipes<, what is the best way to go about hiring for ultra-small scale projects like this? On a previous Ask-Me, I was inquiring about how to replicate an RSS aggregator that would combine and manipulate multiple RSS feeds into one feed that I would host.

None of the easy options seems to have been practical for me, so I'd like to hire someone to help me.

What is the best way to go about this? Are there any pitfalls to look out for?

Looking for a powerful, replacement RSS aggregation tool

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 20:34:19 -0800

I used Yahoo Pipes to make a fantastic literature skimmer, but now it is dead and I'm struggling to find a replacement. I want to make an RSS feed that helps me keep up to date on the scientific literature from several different journals.

I would like that feed to be able to do the following:

1. Aggregate multiple different RSS feeds (i.e. Journals BRAIN, HEART, LUNG)
2. Add a prefix to every URL (i.e. my library's bookmarklet link)
3. Have the title of every link be "BRAIN article: Title, "

I had done this very successfully in Yahoo Pipes (thanks, in my ways to an answer to a previous question), but now Pipes is dead and I am lost. I've looked at the resources link to in this previous post, but none seem up to the task.

I am willing to spend some time learning and/or spend some money in the process.
Many thanks for your eternal wisdom, oh mighty hive.

Systematic social media following/archiving

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 11:54:39 -0800

I am going to ask my undergrad students to systematic follow celebrities on social media. Is there an easy systematic way to do this? I'm going to require that my undergrad students follow a few celebrities on social media [Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, wherever they are] and write assignments and do in-class activities that will require them to look back at the social media activity. (i.e. find an example of your celebrity performing authenticity and describe it using X framework.)
I think that probably it won't be too difficult for the students to scroll back through the profiles, but perhaps there is a systematic way to archive all the activity? I bet RSS feeds would be easiest but maybe there is another way. I'm envisioning something like TwapperKeeper (RIP) but for all social media platforms. Maybe there is some sort of If This Than That recipe that is easy.
I'll take any suggestions for ways to do this that won't require that I give a bunch of technical assistance. Students' own technology skills vary and we can't make assumptions about a particular level of savvy.

How to turn email subscriptions into RSS feeds.

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:50:55 -0800

I want to turn the email newsletters I subscribe to into RSS feeds, so I can receive them in my RSS reader, instead of my inbox. IFTTT doesn't do this. Does anyone know of another way?

RSS Reader / sync that supports HTTP authenticated feeds?

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 07:39:32 -0800

I've always just used NetNewsWire, but the new version is out and it's uninspiring, so I'm considering my options. Sync and online options would be nice, but I have some authenticated feeds. Do any of the online RSS readers support HTTP basic auth?

RSS feeds for cybersecurity that wouldn't overwhelm your mom

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 12:48:32 -0800

What are the best sites/blogs/feeds for business-centered, "safe" topics about general corporate cybersecurity? Not interested in the latest Ashley Madison stuff or other provocative topics, or super-techy stuff either.

Just a stream of sensible articles that won't scare people who are just your average corporate workforce. Trying to support a baseline of awareness about phishing, spoofing, safe passwords... all the things you wish your mom was better at.

Does this exist?

Accidental blog post + RSS feed = screwed?

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:24:26 -0800

Rant posted on the wrong non-private blog. I deleted the post (which I now know was not good) from the app because my computer was too slow to do it there. I turned off my feed once I was on another computer. How screwed am I that all of the 18 people on my feed got an email about that? I have two blogs. One for private rants and one not so much. I posted a rant on the NSM one and hit post. I realized the moment it posted that it went to the wrong one. I'm not sure how to recover the post and how to delete it from my feed. Any one know how this works?

Looking at my feed stats, not many people are reached by my feed but I don't want this sitting in an email somewhere.

Modern US culture RSS feed

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:26:31 -0800

I'm getting into rss feeds. I just added one from Now I would like to add something with edgy, current U.S. culture articles. Arts, literature, science topics are welcome, but nothing political. Needs to have rss feed, or I will never remember to look at them. Any suggestions?

Posting the same link from an RSS feeds to twitter several times a day.

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:30:23 -0800

Is there a (free) service which will allow me to automatically post the same link from an RSS feed (in other words my blog) automatically to twitter four or five (scheduled) times a day? only allows you to do this once as its posted and Buffer only allows for a single scheduled time or different links at different times.

What do I migrate to?

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 13:13:05 -0800

It seems Yahoo finally agreed with me and is EOL'ing Is there a comparable service I can migrate to? I found Pipes useful for filtering firehose RSS feeds into useful categories, and for quasi-legal behavior like fullsized comics inlined in RSS.

It was also useful for being able to do that without worrying about Perl Syntax, RSS caching rules, or invalid XML. And for being able to find other people's published pipes and borrowing/improving them.

Anyone have a similar service they recommend migrating to?

I can haz RSS reader, please?

Sat, 14 Mar 2015 03:29:04 -0800

So, after the demise of Google Reader I switched to InoReader, which is great (yay!). Unfortunately though, it's recently been blocked by the webfilter at work (boo!), so I'm looking for alternatives. I realise you can't tell me what the webfilter will or will not block - I can check that myself. But I am looking for the right reader. Based on my current usage, I should be able to do the following:
- see unread items on a feed by feed basis and also on a group/tag/folder basis (where this is some form of categorisation or grouping that I impose)
- mark individual items and groups of items as read and have them disappear from view (either immediately or when I refresh the current view)
- be able to mark or keep items to read later (e.g. star them, keep them as unread, something like that).

I am not concerned about connecting with friends, sharing articles or likes or anything along those lines. I just want to read the content I'm interested in, when I have time and without having to visit dozens of different sites.

Is this what I should be using Instapaper or Pocket for? I had a look at their websites and neither of them really say very much at all. I did find that I can set up an IFTTT recipe to feed each of my RSS feeds into either of these, however that looks like a very copy paste intensive set up (I have well over 100 feeds currently). Since InoReader exports to OPML format, I was hoping I could import that into whatever I end up using.

So great metafilter, can you help me? (*please*!)

Good way to dump hundreds of podcasts into one RSS file?

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:46:06 -0800

I'm making a Swift iOS app that lets the user search years of daily podcasts from a certain Wordpress site. Right now it is working off an RSS feed that only goes back several days but I want to be able to dump everything into one giant file. Any ideas? * Current working idea is to make a sever-side cron daemon that runs through every "page" of Wordpress RSS to compile one large, concatenated text file...

* ...since it seems as if it would cause major problems to just change Wordpress's RSS export number to 9,999, making everything hang due to the long process, and anyway we still want to keep the short version of the RSS feed for other purposes...

* Have also thought about somehow having the app itself do the work of paging through all the Wordpress RSS, compiling one big master graph of everything it has found, but wondering if this would be more work pain than just going the Python daemon route.

Any suggestions or tools appreciated.

Replacements in RSS reader for Gawker media outlets

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:02:51 -0800

Looking for replacements for Lifehacker, io9, and Gizmodo (to distance myself from the exceptionally slimy practices of Gawker) for my RSS reader so I stay abreast of certain fields/venues I already have MetaFilter, Slashdot, and The Daily WTF. I'm specifically looking for

* Cognition improvements
* Programmer Improvement
* TV weekly reviews (ex: Weekly reviews of Once Upon a Time/Arrow/Flash/Grimm/etc.)
* TV upcoming news (ex: Pilots ordered, Shows cancelled, etc)
* Movie releases/media for action/adventure/comedy
* Geek/Nerd toys/movies/announcements
* Technology trends (ex: E3, Apple announcements, etc.)

Not limited to just one per category and I'm willing to get more feeds if it means there's a really laser focused site that covers specific properties (like a TV review site)

How to grab an RSS feed and format it for a nice looking email

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:46:24 -0800

I'm helping an admin figure out how to grab links from an RSS feed that she can then repackage into an email, along with other content she'll add. What's the best way to do this? Skill level: novice I'm involved with a nonprofit that has an admin who is not particularly skilled with computers. Every month, she sends out an email from the organization that includes a digest - essentially a list - of news items submitted through our website's content management system as a set of headlines and links. This news section has an RSS feed. The CMS doesn't have any way to elegantly grab that feed and create an email from it.

For various reasons, this email needs to come from the organization and not an automated RSS-to-email service (partly because the org adds additional content to the email).

I'd like to help save her the work of simply cutting-and-pasting every headline and link, and instead automate that process somehow.

Does anyone have any recommendations of the best way to do that, either that she could learn easily or that I could set up for her to use? Thanks!

Mirror a video RSS feed on a secondary server?

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:50:31 -0800

I work in an educational environment, and we have a local media server set up to record lectures and then allow them to be watched/downloaded online via podcast-type RSS, but only a limited number can be stored before they're deleted. How can I go about setting up a mirror of this RSS feed that will allow me to store these recordings indefinitely? More details inside. As it is, there is a publicly available RSS feed for these videos, and my colleagues use this feed with their podcast viewers to download and watch them. The problem is that only the last 10 or so videos are available at any given time, so if you didn't snatch them up they're gone. Right now I've been downloading them all to an external hard drive to make them available to people who want to watch older lectures, but I'd really like to automate this and make it much easier.

I have a self-hosted site through Bluehost and was hoping I could just find a script or something to automatically download new lectures from the public RSS feed, then rehost the videos and regenerate a new self-hosted RSS feed that could be plugged into a podcasting app for access to a larger library.

I've searched around but come up empty. Anyone have experience with something like this?

Blog-Magazines For Cool Colorful Punk Babes

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:17:37 -0800

Lately I've been really into the blog Ribbon Around A Bomb, who writes about female-fronted 70s post-punk, Twin Peaks, feminist art, and leather jackets. I also love The Pulp Zine, which is full of teen dreams and high school small town angst, an obsession with Burger Records, 90s nostalgia, black lipstick and pink hair. I'm looking for more blogs that cover punk, garage rock, femme fun, DIY, weirdo fashion, nostalgia, queerness, creativity, feminism, art, and worship of countercultural idols. Basically, I'm a fully-grown scummy punk boyfemme who wants the experience of flipping through a teen magazine tailored to my interests. What other sites would I love? I'm not looking for "fandom" or outfit-of-the-day fashion blogging, unless they're like, really weird and awesome outfits and they're a good writer. This sort of stuff gets reblogged all over Tumblr, I really want articles and original writing. If you come in here and recommend generic "lady websites" like The Toast I will not be mad but I will think you didn't read the question, though something like Rookie would not be amiss.

Need some Japanese reading practice.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:56:36 -0800

I want to receive one article, preferably about current events, written in Japanese, on my Kindle, every day. How can I arrange this? I want to include practice reading "real" Japanese on a variety of subjects as part of my daily routine. To facilitate this, it'd be nice if I had a new Japanese article delivered to my Kindle Paperwhite every day. This seems like the kind of thing that'd be easy to arrange, but I'm having a hard time figuring out the best way to do it.

My first inclination was just to search the Kindle newsstand for magazine or newspaper subscriptions in the Japanese language, but I didn't see any that were available in the US store.

My second idea was that I could use something like to automatically send Japanese content from an RSS feed to my Kindle email address. This should work, but which RSS feed should I use? I thought about subscribing to a feed from a Japanese newspaper, but they all have way too much content. I only want to get roughly 3-5 pages per day. One short article daily, or maybe a weekly/monthly subscription to a short Japanese magazine. I don't want my Kindle flooded with every new item that the press reports on.

Any ideas about how I can accomplish this? I'd prefer a source that is non-fictional and covers a wide variety of subjects, since the point is to expand my Japanese vocabulary. Other than that I'm open to just about anything. Thanks Mefites.

browser add-on or RSS code to block sign-up pop-overs

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:12:13 -0800

When I follow a link to a news story, invariably the site nags me to "sign-up" with a pop-over that must be dismissed before I can read the article. Is there a browser add-on or RSS code I can put into my custom RSS style sheet to block these annoyances? In addition, I would love a way to shrink the red "navigation bar" at the top of the page, as I never use those links and hate the way it hogs the browser window. Again, happy to add code to my default RSS style sheet to accomplish this, just need to know how to do it.

I am using both Safari and Chrome. The ideal solution would work on both but a solution that works on either one alone would be very helpful.

Turning mp3 bookmarks into a podcast feed

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:39:39 -0800

I'm looking for an easy way to turn mp3s I find online into a podcast feed. This seems like a really simple problem, but I'm stumped.

I'd like to find a way of turning mp3s that I find on the internet into an RSS feed with attachments, so that I can download them using my podcatcher app on my phone. Delicious used do that. I switched to Pinboard some time ago, but I really miss that feature.

I even just created a new Delicious account to see if it was still possible, but it doesn't seem to be.

Any ideas? Thanks a lot.