How to import Facebook updates into your RSS reader

Posted on March 6, 2010

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I love Facebook. I go there regularly to (um, play Mafia Wars). But also to look at what my friends are doing.

I have been looking for a way to incorporate my friends’ links and status updates into my RSS Reader (I use Google Reader).

This post in LiveJournal walks you through that process. As an added bonus, no more Farmville updates.

From jwz:

So. You have to subscribe to three or four different feeds.

  1. Posts: Find the Posts feed by going to http://www.facebook.com/posted.php. On the upper right of the page is a gray box, and at the bottom of that box is a link entitled “My Friends’ Links” with the RSS logo next to it. Copy that URL. Subscribe to it in your feed reader. This is the RSS URL for any links and (external) images that your friends post.
  2. Notes: Find the Notes feed by going to http://www.facebook.com/notes.php and repeating the above. This is the RSS URL for things that your friends post via the “Notes” app, which is (I guess) the more blog-like way of posting long things to Facebook.
  3. Notifications: Find the Notifications feed by going tohttp://www.facebook.com/notifications.php and repeating the above. This is the RSS URL for things like “so-and-so commented on your status”. You might not care to subscribe to this one because you can get all of these kind of notifications in email.
  • Status Updates: This is the RSS URL for the “What are you doing?” Twitter-like part of Facebook. This is the one you probably care about, and it is trickier, because Facebook no longer links to the feed URL! Nice one guys. You have to construct this URL by editing one of the above URLs. E.g., take the “Notes” URL and change the part of the URL that says “friends_notes” to “friends_status”. Keep the parts of the URL before and after that, including the magic numbers at the end.
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