I read few articles about how to get Twitter feeds (Tweets) in Google Reader when I Googled “How To Read RSS Feeds on Twitter”. But, I wonder, why would anyone do that when an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reader can’t just replace Twitter. I was looking for a way to replace Google Reader (RSS reader) with something else as I spend too much time checking Google Reader for new updates.
Of course, I can get all the updates from my subscribed blogs by following their Twitter accounts or by creating a Twitter list. But that was not a feasible option as their Tweets may contain links to other sites or ReTweets as well which may not be useful for me.
Again, another option is to push the RSS feeds of subscribed blogs to my Twitter timeline (like many others do) via twitterfeed. But, I wouldn’t do that as it annoys the followers so badly that they may unfollow or even block me for spamming their timeline. In fact, I myself have unfollowed all those accounts that were using twitterfeed.
So, How To Read RSS Feeds (From Google Reader) On Twitter
Okay, the best way to read RSS feeds on Twitter is by creating another Twitter account. You just create another Twitter account exclusively for news consumption, connect that account to twitterfeed, and add all your RSS Subscriptions to twitterfeed.
Once twitterfeed is setup it checks for new updates every 30 minutes and will push new items to your Twitter timeline. Now, follow your newly created Twitter account or create a new Twitter list and add that account to it. So, now all you need to do is visit your twitter list URL or add a column to your TweetDeck (or whichever social media dashboard that support this feature) exclusively for this list.
Now, I no longer have to open Google Reader every now and then to check new feed items as I will get instant notification on my TweetDeck whenever there is an update. However, it shows only the titles of feed items so you will need to click on them if you want to read the real content.
BONUS: Try Yahoo! Pipes
You can use Yahoo! Pipes (an interactive feed aggregator and manipulator) if you want to combine many RSS feeds into one. Yahoo! Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.
Now, if you’re using Internet Explorer (or another browser which comes with an RSS reader) then you can use its inbuilt RSS Reader and add the new feed URL generated by Yahoo! Pipes.