August 5th, 2008

Twitter Friend Feed Authentication with Yahoo Pipes

Update 12/2009: Twitter's changed things around since I first made this post.  Now, prefer the home_timeline.rss instead of friends_timeline.rss if you want retweets included.  Also, "mentions" are no longer included in the home_timeline or friends_timeline.  So you'll have to make a similar "Fetch Feed" hierarchy for mentions.rss, and use the Union filter to take both feeds and join them together.

Yahoo Pipes can also be used for feed authentication (like Twitter Friend feeds). You could embed the username and password directly into the URL (in which case, everybody can see them), or you can hide them within a private string object, like this.

With a feed like that (with your own username and password), you can view your friends feed from Google Reader.