How To: Create Google+ RSS Feeds

Create Google+ RSS Feeds

Earlier last month, I wrote on how to subscribe to Google+ users using PlusFeed. I used it, and then I realized that I wasn't getting my own feed anymore. I discovered that the free service had been disabled due to cost issues, as detailed by the creator +Russell Beattie. The code is open source, and you can roll your own service, if you have the know-how and the time. If you don't, but still want to create RSS feeds for your own public posts, or just to track your favorite Google+ users, there are other free services you can use in its place.

Get Your Google+ ID

These sites all work on the same principle. Copy and paste your Google+ identification number, and add it to the end of each URL. If you're not sure how to get it, go to, and then click on your name. The string of numbers after is your Google+ user identification number.

How to Create Google+ RSS Feeds

This is an example of what you'll see once you add your Google+ identification number to the correct URL.

How to Create Google+ RSS Feeds

Once you see the above page, select how you want to subscribe to the feed via the drop-down menu.

RSS Feeds Are Not Perfect

The Google+ posts you'll be seeing in your RSS reader will be incomplete. Some of the issues I ran into included: not being able to view YouTube videos, shared posts do not display the actual post being shared, and there's no ability to view comments or +1s on the post itself. Photos, +mentions, and hyperlinks display properly. You cannot view any posts that are limited, only posts that are public.

I would recommend using RSS feeds for two scenarios:

  • Mitigate the "noisiness" factor of your Google+ stream by creating RSS feeds for the loudest people in your circles and consume their content via another platform, such as Google Reader or Bloglines. If you don't comment a lot and just like to read or skim posts from popular people, this will make your life a lot easier. If you do comment and respond a lot to individual posts and people, this method isn't recommended, since you'll be missing out on a lot of conversations and discussions that might be interesting to you.
  • Create an RSS feed for your own Google+ feed so you can share your thoughts and information outside of your Google+ circles. It's also a good way to review your own work, and improve upon it.

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You can also use Dapper.

Or you can try this new service:
Just enter the Profile-ID and an API-Key and it will give you the link to an RSS-Feed of Google+

Can also use Google Plus RSS Feed from Magenta River

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