RSS tips #2: subscribe to a YouTube playlist

While blogging about University of  Warwick’s new Just About… channel, I was surprised to learn that Youtube doesn’t offer an RSS option for subscribing to playlists. But I found a workaround – read on for details.


Cinevia Super8 by Carlitospradera (Wikimedia Commons)YouTube playlists are a handy way of delivering (and browsing) focused content, and RSS feeds are one of the best ways to keep up-to-date with new content. Research Support Hub readers may well be interested in new videos posted to the Just About… playlist, which has a researcher focus, but the only option YouTube currently offers is a news feed of all videos posted by the University of Warwick.

I knew from past experience there’d be a workaround to get these two technologies talking to each other, and it didn’t take long to find it using the always reliable Stack Exchange. The solution is a little fiddly and involves grafting parts of URLs together like a browser-based Frankenstein, but you don’t have to worry about that because I’ve done it for you. If you use an RSS news reader and want to subscribe to new videos from the Just About… playlist, head to:

http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/playlists/YZllzyrlpMdkjNuvh81HrAMuIHCJKfBH

Adventurous readers can learn more about YouTube’s RSS features on their developer reference site. The lesson here is where there’s web content, there’s an RSS solution for tracking and following it. But those solutions aren’t always obvious or intuitive, and upcoming RSS tips will take a look at some useful tools to help you make the most of this powerful technology.

Main image: Cinevia Super8 by Carlitospradera via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons)
Thumbnail image: original RSS icon image by Mozilla Foundation, from Wikimedia Commons. Coloured icon grid by the author (Creative Commons).

Posted on November 13, 2012, in Library and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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