In September 2015, Bytemark generously offered to host TwitRSS.me for free on their Big V platform. That means that I have been able to drop the cache time, so that feeds update more often and provide a generally more reliable service.
This site has served 1,247,334,610 requests in 56 days of uptime — an average of 22,273,832 requests a day. 23,999,136 requests were served yesterday. Thanks to Bytemark for hosting it.
Way back in the mists of time twitter used to have RSS feeds. It was great and people used them. I even made a twitter RSS getter form for my website so you could locate your feed. But in June 2013 they killed the RSS feeds. Fuckers.
So, I wrote a script that would fetch a twitter search as an RSS feed, which was a thing I needed to do. Rather than use the api, I just screen scraped the open web for the data.
I realized that the same idea would work for user timelines and so I built a script and modded my twitter rss getter to use that instead. It proved popular (and killed my server a few times). So I put it on its own domain name and wrote a frontend. This dear reader is that. And if you are still reading, maybe you should stop.