A week or so ago I noticed that my Twitter feed had stopped updating in in Google Reader and because I use Google Reader as an archive for my Lifestream that meant that new tweets weren’t showing up. After assuming that this was some sort of Twitter functionality rollback or a mistake that I was making I finally found the answer. It seems that twitter RSS feeds now require authentication. That means that if you subscribe to a twitter feed and view it with a reader that does not support authentication (like Google Reader) you’ll see 20 tweets, but won’t get any updates.
So does this mean the end for including Twitter in a Google Lifestream Archive? Nope, there’s an easy fix. FreeMyFeed is a service that will take your feed that requires authentication and by adding your user name and password will give you a new feed that doesn’t require authentication. So here’s what you do…
- Input your Twitter feed, username and password into FreeMyFeed and get your new feed
- Subscribe to that feed in Google Reader
- Remove your old Twitter Feed from your Google Reader Lifestream folder and add the new FreeMyFeed feed to that folder
- Sit back and watch your tweets update in your Lifestream again
It’s working for me. Enjoy.