Twitter notifications RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • Hi there,

    As much as I like being notified about article updates, emailing those updates creates an almost unbearable level of noise. One of the preferred notification mechanisms is, of course, twitter. 

    In addition to a single article updates I would also like to have a capability to be notified when a new article carrying particular tags gets published. For example, as a CRM MVP, I'd be interested to be pinged when a new artcile with crm tag is published.

    I am aware of various bridging technologies but I think a simple twitter notification mechanism should be integral part of wiki.



    George Doubinski, MVP
    Monday, March 21, 2011 7:51 PM

All replies

  • Interesting thought. My guess is that between RSS and email, a Twitter notification would be in the minority (where a very small percentage of users would prefer Twitter notifications over RSS and email). Especially since, like you mentioned, other technologies can set this up for you. Most Twitter browsers can let you customize a feed. And in fact, I've already customized those feeds exactly like you're describing. So if you're in a Twitter tool already, why not use that tool?

    I mean, I can see how it's easier to click a button than to click a button, type, and then click another button, but it's not that much easier.

    And then how would this work? How does it update you on Twitter? Does it send you a PM? What is sending you the PM? The WikiNinjas Twitter account? Does WikiNinjas send you a public tweet every time someone edits your article? Do we even know how to set that up and work on the Twitter APIs like that? Wouldn't it be weird if someone edited an article and then 20 public tweets went out to twenty people who were following that article? I mean that sounds good, but not if you're following the WikiNinjas account (it would have to be a new, different account, and I would pity the foo' who follows it).

    And then again, in my mind I compare this to fixing bugs and adding features like automating external links. Nonetheless, we should add this idea to the feature thread. Do you want to do that?



    Ed Price, Technical Writer, Blog (, Twitter (
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 5:48 PM
  • I'm sure there aggregating technologies are available, for example, I can add RSS feed into Seesmic and read it as part of the "stream". Very cumbersome to set up for every page I want to follow. I guess I meant direct tweets not @user - that would certainly reduce level of noise. 

    Ok, comparing this request to other features, I admit, it's not the highest priority. But do add RSS feeds on tags then, if not for all the pages for a tag then at least for new ones. As a moderator, I'd love to passively listen on couple tags just to see what people have been up to without necessarily drilling into the content.




    George Doubinski, MVP
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 7:21 AM
  • Agreed. I'm surprised we don't have RSS feeds on tags. Do you want to add it to the feature request thread or shall I?



    Ed Price, Technical Writer (Blog, Twitter)
    Thursday, March 31, 2011 4:31 PM
  • I'm not sure which one you mean so, go ahead, add it. Yes, RSS on tags will solve the issue, no need for specific Twitter integration. At least for me.



    George Doubinski, MVP
    Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:36 PM
  • I added it as RSS #1 here:


    I think instead of adding feature ideas to the swamped (and hard to read) feature thread, it makes more sense just to maintain a list on the Wiki.


    Has anyone been able to generate an RSS feed for tags via IE9's RSS feed functionality?



    Ed Price, Technical Writer (Blog, Twitter)
    Wednesday, April 6, 2011 12:25 AM