RSS Feed for Tags in YouTube

Here is a cool thing I discovered recently, and please forgive me if it is already common knowledge. There is a little hack for getting RSS feeds for tags on YouTube, and it goes like this:

http://youtube.com/rss/tag/randomtag.rss (where randomtag is the tag you want to aggregate)

Here are two examples of this tag-based feed. Andy Rush has put together some very cool screencasts for UMW Blogs which are appropriately tagged umwblogs. So, when you include http://youtube.com/rss/tag/umwblogs.rss in some kind of an RSS reader or aggregator you get the following:

Username as a Tag
What’s more, if you want to aggregate by a user on YouTube, you can just substitute their account username for a tag (seems that YouTube treats the username as a tag). For example, http://youtube.com/rss/tag/jimgroom.rss will bring the latest videos from my account.

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3 Responses to RSS Feed for Tags in YouTube

  1. Mary-Kathryn says:

    Ah! I finally found you! As a willing captive of Dr. Foss’ Brit Lit Since 1800 class, I have you to thank for the Wiki thingy I’m learning to do. It looks like it’s going to be fun–even if I do type with three fingers. :o)

  2. jimgroom says:

    Mary-Kathryn,

    So you are lucky enough to be taking a class with the inimitable Chris Foss, also known as “Hot Sauce.” He rules. And while I may be partly to blame for the wiki, like Frankenstein that monster has moved far beyond and simple ideas of ownership and responsibility on anyone mortal’s part. Last I heard, it is being hosted somewhere in the jungles of South America, having found its mate 🙂

  3. AA says:

    Here is another string for YouTube RSS feed URLs.

    Replace the word “yoursearchquery” with whatever you’re searching (even two words combination with the space).

    http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos?orderby=updated&vq=yoursearchquery

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