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How to get the RSS Feed of a Facebook page

This situation has baffled me for some time since Facebook took off the ability to subscribe to Page's RSS Feeds.

Why get the RSS of a Facebook page? Because many pages update 20x times a day, and unless you have time to check each page and/or your newsfeed (which is already overloaded at this point) 20+ times a day, let your Reader take care of finding those updates for you.

So, after doing some research, I found a work around.

Level of Difficulty: Low

Here's what to do
  1. Go to the Facebook page you want to have an RSS feed for.

  2. View the source of the page (by pressing Ctrl+U in most browsers (Cmd+U in Mac browsers), or right clicking and going to "View Source").

  3. Press Ctrl (or Cmd) + F to start the "Find" sequence (or go to Edit > Find in the menu bar)

  4. Find the phrase "profile_id"

  5. There should be a long number to the right of the profile_id. Copy that number.

  6. Go to your favorite RSS Aggregation Service (my favorite is Google Reader). Add a new subscription in the form of the following URL:
    https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?format=rss20&id=[PROFILE_ID] 
  7. Save, Add, or Submit (depending on how your service is set up)
You now have the RSS feed of your favorite Facebook page. See? Simple. This workaround should work until Facebook removes the /feeds/page.php?format=rss20 feature, which could be tonight, a year from now, or never. So if this workaround stops working abruptly, don't blame me.


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