Subscribe to Your Favorite Facebook Page via RSS

Mar 16, 2012   //   by Kristi Hines   //   SEO Blog, Social Media  //  26 Comments

Do you want to keep up with the latest news for your favorite Facebook fan pages, but don’t want to miss out on them because EdgeRank is hiding them from your new feed? Or would you prefer to not have to go to Facebook at all until your favorite pages have updates?

One of the Google Chrome extensions I use, RSS Subscription Extension, puts an RSS icon in the browser’s address bar when there is an RSS feed discovered on a page. On Facebook pages that haven’t been converted to the new Timeline design, that icon comes up so you can subscribe to your favorite page’s RSS feed.

For pages with the new design enabled, however, the RSS feed has gone missing.

Fortunately, the feed is still available though. You just need a little workaround. To get any page’s RSS feed, first you will need to grab the page’s ID number. For pages that do not have a customized username (http://facebook.com/username), the ID number will be at the end of the URL. For those pages that have a customized username, the quickest way to grab the ID is through the Open Graph. Simply take the page’s username and add it to the following URL.

https://graph.facebook.com/username

For example, my Facebook page URL is http://facebook.com/kristihinespage. Hence, the Open Graph URL would be https://graph.facebook.com/kristihinespage. This will show you the following.

Highlighted in the above is my page’s ID number, 255576081168962. To create the RSS feed, take the page ID number and insert it in the following.

https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=255576081168962&format=rss20

Take this URL and paste it into your preferred RSS reader. Mine is Google Reader, so I would paste it in to the Subscribe field.

Now, you can see your favorite page’s updates all in your RSS reader.

With Google Reader, you can even gain some insight into how many times a page posts per week on average.

I’m not sure how accurate that really is, but you might find it insightful sometimes. My page shows an average of six posts a week when lately I have only done one to two per week. Mashable’s page, on the other hand, shows an average of 120 post per week and 23 subscriber’s to their page’s RSS feed.

Do you use RSS feeds to follow Facebook pages?

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  • Kathy says:

    Well isn’t that neat! I noticed the disappearance of the RSS button but just assumed I couldn’t do anything about it. Looks like I need to use this technique to subscribe to your FB page, Kristi :)

    - Kathy

  • Ray says:

    That’s a pretty neat trick. Any idea if it will work if I were to add a Facebook page that has privacy enabled, or one that is not publicly visible. It might be a little convenient to add certain Facebook pages to Google reader, but I was just curious about whether it would work for a few friends that have privacy settings too.

  • This is indeed interesting Kristi!

    Though I do have a Facebook Fan Page, but never ever thought about using RSS feeds to follow Facebook pages. Guess this has been a learning lesson for me.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  • Nicole says:

    this so interesting , thanks that you sheared this…

  • Thanks, works perfectly !

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  • Monica says:

    Saved the day!!! Thank you!!!! Worked like a charm

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  • I was searing for long to get this tip.. Thanks.. Is there any other way like extension, firefox scripts to put an icon in page itself?

  • Andy says:

    I get the follow error:

    This feed URL is no longer valid. Visit this page to find the new URL, if you have access: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=450996104922766

    Is this trick still working?

  • Aaron Leung says:

    Thanks Kristi. You are a lifesaver!

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  • Sheldon says:

    Worked great! Thank you!

  • Thanks. Now… to create an RSS feed for notifications on a page? comments? etc?

  • mael says:

    @hanspetermeyer:
    the pages also have this ID listed in opengraph
    i just tried it, it works

  • I was looking for my Facebook page RSS feed off and on for a couple of days and it was frustrating to say the least… and then I found your brilliant post! Thank you Kristi :)

  • Jaceny says:

    Thank you! :)

    p.s. For those people that have a dot between their firstname and lastname. Remove it before you try this method. If you do not, you will get a completely different ID number(less digits). The exact number should be 15 digits like in the method of Kristi Hines.

  • Jaceny says:

    Nvm it works also with a dot between it.

  • Teresa says:

    Many thanks. I set up my first Facebook page today and this worked like a CHARM!

  • Jaffnan says:

    it’s working nice, Thanks for The Tip :)

  • Craig says:

    Bloody brilliant. Thanks!!!!

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