You can follow any Mastodon account via RSS by just adding ".rss" to the end of the account's public profile URL.
To find a user's public profile URL, click on their profile image within Mastodon.
For example, if you click on FediTips' profile image you get this page in a new tab:
So, to follow FediTips through RSS, use this address:
This will only show that account's public posts. Other posts will not be visible on the RSS feed.
@feditips It’s a shame that the RSS feed doesn’t contain all posts. I consider boosted posts to be part of the content I publish on Mastodon.
@feditips Is it also possible - in reverse - to follow an RSS feed from Mastodon? That would be a great feature, wouldn't it?
No, not from Mastodon, BUT...
...you could try Friendica instead?
Friendica is compatible with Mastodon and the rest of the Fediverse. It also lets you follow RSS feeds as if they are people to follow, and new items from the feed appear in the timeline alongside posts from the Fediverse. I was planning to post about it tomorrow.
@feditips Thank you for the detailed answer! - But I don't want to change the instance just because of that.... Maybe Mastodon can do it sometime in the future, who knows.
@feditips Hrm, if only RSS feed readers were used by the masses, this would solve a few issues I have.
Yes there is!
You can add .rss to the end of a tag page for a particular server.
A tag page looks like this, here's #DogsOfMastodon as visible from mstdn.social:
To follow this tag page via RSS, use this address: