Amazon.com, being a large electronic retailer, is frequently able to offer some great deals and even freebies but usually they are only available for a limited time. To keep up with the deals they offer on Android apps, Kindle books, and MP3s can be quite tedious. If you regularly check an RSS reader for feed updates, it’s possible to take advantage of the fact that Amazon regularly posts to Twitter even though they don’t offer an RSS feed subscription. For example, this will reduce the effort it takes to check Amazon’s Free App of the Day each day.
Amazon’s Free App of the Day provides a different paid Android app each day. Unfortunately, most days it is an app I am not interested in but every once in a great while there is a good one that shouldn’t be missed.
Amazon posts each free app to Twitter. Twitter allows you to use its API to get an RSS feed subscription using a simple query.
Using this query, you can get an RSS feed to any Twitter user: https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=
For @AmazonAppStore updates for the free app of the day, you can plug this URL into your feed reader: https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=amazonappstore
For @AmazonKindle updates for daily deals, you can plug this URL into your feed reader: https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=amazonkindle
For @AmazonMP3 updates for daily deals, you can plug this URL into your feed reader: https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=amazonmp3
Now, instead of having to remember to visit Amazon’s site each day, you can include it in your normal routine of checking your RSS feed reader like Google Reader.