When I posted about a new Twitter feature allowing you to follow a user on Twitter without creating an account, a few of you were quick to remind me that there is another way to do the same thing without constantly refreshing said user's feed in the web client.
So, today's Geek Tip comes courtesy of the community. As reader Linm reminded me, another way to receive useful Twitter updates from interesting or relevant accounts is to add that user's Twitter page to your RSS feed. Your RSS reader should treat each tweet similarly to how it treats a new blog post, showing them chronologically within the rest of your feed.
But, this may not work well for everyone. To find out why, keep reading.
However, as reader graduatedsqueaks points out, "I guess the only issue is that sometimes the updates will not come through the RSS for a while, and then all of a sudden a bunch of updates will come all at once."
For reading others' updates via your computer, this is a great solution for those who don't want to create a Twitter account. For receiving updates pushed directly to your mobile phone as SMS messages in real time (perhaps, again, for following accounts that contain breaking news or emergency information), Twitter's new Fast Follow feature is still the way to go.
Thanks, Linm, and graduatedsqueaks!