The best social network in the world was Google Reader. People shared their links and posted brief comments on them. One then could do the same thing, and all in the place where the news articles, blog posts and webcomic strips were being read every day.

Then Google Reader closed and people moved elsewhere for their RSS systems. I have a local installation of Tiny Tiny RSS I couldn't be happier with.

While blog systems and newspapers keep offering RSS files, the sharing part of Google Reader that we loved was gone. Link sharing moved increasingly to Twitter and worked through a completely different process. In the end, I resolved that maintaining lists of people whose shares I am interested in following was the best option, but the way Twitter works does not really work for me.

With this in mind, last week I coded twitterlists2rss, a simple Python script that converts links shared on those lists (which can be your own lists, or borrowed from someone else; or even search terms) into RSS feeds for easy following. It works in a very simple way: it generates RSS feeds from the status messages present in the lists set up in the config.py. That's it. It is intended to be run periodically on some machine that hosts a web server. It also includes any linked images and a link to the original Tweet in case we want to retweet that particular link within the Twitter ecosystem. I understand that, in the end, this is just substituting a walled garden (Google Reader) with another (Twitter); but this is also changing the Twitter workflow with something I am far more comfortable with.

I have been testing it during the last days and I think this is already good enough to be used by anyone interested. Feel free to report bugs or contribute in any other way you see fit.