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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:

mstdn.social/@feditips

So, to follow FediTips through RSS, use this address:

mstdn.social/@feditips.rss

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.

@rauschma @feditips It would be great to have two feeds: one for just your toots and the other including boosts

@feditips @a1ba btw, does pleroma have this thing? i wasn't able to find a link to rss feed anywhere on a page.
@la_ninpre @feditips it has some kind of support, but I don't know how to enable it, not very interested in RSS tbh.

/users/:nickname/feed.atom redirect exists, but it leads to nowhere on both mine and your instances. But it works on @Moon so maybe he can explain how to do rss with Pleroma.
@a1ba @feditips @la_ninpre @Moon I think that has to do with your instance settings not allowing to see posts without auth
@helene @feditips @la_ninpre @Moon IT CAN BE

But this setting is weird, on one side it prevents the API, on other it half-affects ActivityPub.

Remember when fetching didn't worked on my instance? Yes, restrict_unauthenticated for local posts breaks AP. Yet nothing prevents just looking into AP outbox lol.
@a1ba @feditips @la_ninpre @Moon Those settings might need an overhaul and some demystifying, is there an issue for this? :nkoThink:
@helene @feditips @la_ninpre @Moon no, I haven't made one.

I don't really know how this functionality should work to begin with. I always thought it's API only, but then there is StaticFE, RSS feeds, ActivityPub endpoints that still can be used for scraping.
@a1ba @feditips @Moon hmm, i just disabled restriction of non-authenticated users to local activities and now it's working.

https://pleroma.aaoth.xyz/users/la_ninpre/feed.atom

@abid

Yes!

If you add .rss onto the end of a Mastodon tag URL, you will get a feed of public posts with that tag visible from that instance.

For example:

mstdn.social/tags/floresponden

...will give you an RSS feed of public posts with the tag visible from mstdn.social.

@feditips Great i never tried that, now i see it works on #Pleroma too

@feditips Is it also possible - in reverse - to follow an RSS feed from Mastodon? That would be a great feature, wouldn't it?

@irene

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.

Frienica's site is at friendi.ca, some good general servers include libranet.de and squeet.me

@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.

@Mek101 To be honest, the concept of trying to block someone from reading publicly visible posts is rather silly in the first place.

@me @Mek101
I think blocks are mostly there to prevent interaction with said posts...

@feditips Hrm, if only RSS feed readers were used by the masses, this would solve a few issues I have.

@feditips great tips. Are there a .rss for hashtag as well?

@faizalr

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 as visible from mstdn.social:

mstdn.social/tags/dogsofmastod

To follow this tag page via RSS, use this address:

mstdn.social/tags/dogsofmastod

@feditips @faizalr Very cool. This made me wonder, “are there feeds for all the public posts on a given instance?” I dug into it a bit and couldn’t find anything.

@Linux_in_a_Bit

You can follow RSS from Friendica, it works really well!

@feditips
Sweet! Now to figure out if I use this at home e or at work. :p

@feditips Now if only I could follow another instances local timeline through RSS!

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