How to Follow Instagram Users or Hashtags via RSS

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Brandon Lyon
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Did you know there are services out there that can turn an Instagram feed into an RSS feed? I found some interesting exclusive Instagram content which I wanted to follow without signing up for yet another social media account. RSS to the rescue!

Using a third-party service, such as Webstagram, you can follow Instagram users or hashtags. For this example we'll turn the #cat hashtag into an RSS feed we can import into our favorite reader.

If you need more info on what RSS is, I recommend reading this link about RSS. Essentially RSS is a way to get digital news delivered to you instead of having to seek it out. If you're looking for a good RSS reader then I recommend Feedly. Here is a video tutorial to get started with Feedly and RSS.

Decide on a hashtag or username you want to follow, such as #cat. Navigate to Webstagram and search for that item.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and find the "RSS" button

Now that you have the RSS feed url, you can add it to your RSS reader.

That's it! It's a quick and painless process. 

I wrote this article because it was difficult to find a way to follow Instagram users without having an account. If I didn't think to check for RSS feeds then I wouldn't have known it was possible to follow without one.


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