Rounding out a recent trilogy of YouTube-related posts, today I’m going to explain a little bit about finding and making RSS feeds for YouTube content. These tricks can free content that you’ve uploaded and subscribed to, from the confines of the YouTube Universe.
Importing All of Your YouTube User Subscriptions
There are some useful RSS feeds that YouTube doesn’t publicize as much, some of which have been compiled by the Google Operating System blog. Most interesting among them is one which actually required a Yahoo! Pipe to set up. By subscribing in Miro to (plugging in your user name for [YOUR USER NAME]):
http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?YouTubeUsername=[YOUR USER NAME]&_id=58e4f59f9e5e3282aaffdcbaf05ba68d&_render=rss&itemLimit=50
you can get all your YouTube subscriptions in Miro! For those longtime YouTube users who have accumulated a ton of subscriptions in YouTube, this can consolidate everything into one automatically downloaded and open place.
Subscribing to a YouTube User
First, YouTube has explained some of their most basic feeds in a slightly hidden guide on their site. This has some useful tips, like how to subscribe to a given YouTube user’s output (plugging in the user name for [YOUR USER NAME]):
feed://www.youtube.com/rss/user/[YOUR USER NAME]/videos.rss
It also includes links to some meta-categories, like the Featured Videos, which can definitely be interesting.
If you have any favorite RSS tricks, in YouTube or any other video hosting service, let us know in the comments!