Keeping Up with Twitter...without Twitter

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Keeping Up with Twitter...without Twitter

Ever since I moved from Twitter to Mastodon (you can find me here), I’ve felt the need to figure out a way to keep up with people who are still using Twitter and whose tweets I find useful and interesting. Understandably, not everybody is ready or wants to move away from Twitter, but if I’m not opening my timeline anymore, I’m also losing access to valuable information and updates that I’m not getting on Mastodon. I had to find a way.

Enter Feedbin and other RSS services that have rolled out Twitter integration over the years. I mention Feedbin specifically since that’s the service I’m personally using, but this system should also work in Inoreader, NewsBlur, and other proprietary solutions such as Reeder’s own iCloud RSS feeds. This is a work in progress for me, but here’s what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks: at random times during the week, I open my Twitter timeline (in Safari for iPad, where I’m still logged in) and scroll for a few minutes to see what tweets are in there. Whenever I find an account that I know I haven’t found on Mastodon yet, I copy the URL to their profile, go to my Feedbin account, and add it as a new subscription to a folder I called ‘Twitter Accounts’.

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