How Feedly can help create a better Facebook news feed organizer

[Update: As of June 23, 2015 Facebook has deprecated its RSS service. For the time being, there is no available RSS feed from Facebook. If anything changes, I’ll be sure to update this blog post with any new developments.]

Do you find yourself missing updates in your Facebook news feed?

Instead of a limited view, how would you like to organize your news feed and have convenient sharing options for other social networks?

Did you know you can create a Facebook news feed organizer using Feedly to help organize your news feed better.

An unorganized news feed

One of the biggest complaints about using Facebook is that you don’t always see all of the updates from friends or Facebook Pages you like.

How many times have you missed out on a conversation on Facebook because you didn’t see it until a few days later?

This can make using Facebook unreliable not to mention frustrating.

While it isn’t a perfect system, there are steps you can take to organize your news feed.

Organizing Facebook using add interest lists

One of the easiest ways to organize your news feed is to use Facebook add interest lists.

This let’s you create customized lists for friends and pages.

Here is an example of add interest lists on a mobile device.

Facebook add interest lists - mobile

Organize your Facebook news feed using add interest lists

While I’m a fan of add interest lists because you can combine profiles and pages and share them publicly, you can’t combine them with other websites you read.

This means you have to manage two different sites to see updates.

Tools to help create a Facebook news feed organizer

Some of my favorite tools for organizing my Facebook news feed used to be Google Reader and Hyper Alerts.

Unfortunately, Google Reader shut down and so did Hyper Alerts.

This meant I needed to find alternative tools to organize my news feed better.

I wrote about some alternatives.

Out of these alternatives, one of the tools I find myself using the most is Feedly.

Here are some of the things Feedly does well:

  • Create a Facebook news feed organizer
  • Pull in content from your favorite websites
  • Feedly for iOS and Android
  • Make it easy to share with other services like Evernote, Pocket, HootsuiteBuffer and more

Today I’m going to show you how you can use your Facebook RSS feed to organize your Facebook news feed with Feedly.

How to organize your Facebook news feed using Feedly

Step 1: Get your Facebook ID

The first thing you need to do is to get your Facebook Page ID.

You can get your Facebook ID using these instructions.

Step 2: Launch Feedly

Once you have your Facebook RSS, enter it in Feedly.

Facebook news feed organizer - Inside Facebook

Adding the Inside Facebook Facebook Page in Feedly

Once you enter the Facebook RSS feed in Feedly, select the add to Feedly button.

Step 3: Organizing Facebook Pages

As you add more and more Facebook Pages inside of Feedly, you can organize them by creating categories.

For example, I have one category I use for Facebook Pages I manage for others and another for ones I want to keep up with personally.

Facebook news feed organization

Adding the All Facebook Facebook Page in Feedly.

Step 4: Saving and sharing

Instead of going to Facebook to look to see if anything is new, you can quickly view them in Feedly first.

This saves you time and you don’t get sucked into spending all of your time on Facebook.

If you find something you want to save, in Feedly, you can clip it to Evernote or your favorite tool.

If you see something you want to engage with and like, comment or share it with others on Facebook, you can click the title of the post to be taken to that post inside of Facebook.

Facebook news feed organizer

Sharing options when using Feedly as a Facebook news feed organizer

If you have trouble getting your Facebook RSS Feed, I put together a short video to show you how.

 

Simplify and streamline

By creating a Facebook news feed organizer, now you can spend more time looking at the things you are interested in instead of going in search of them.

By using Feedly, if you want to, you can unlike some of the Facebook Pages you follow or unsubscribe from some of the email newsletters you receive.

This is because you can now get those updates inside of Feedly.

While there are other RSS feed readers available, I prefer Feedly because it is a more comprehensive tool and it helps me organize my Facebook Page updates much better along with blogs I read.

With the recent announcement of save on Facebook, things could change but for now this is my go to tool when I want a solid Facebook news feed organizer.

Your turn

What other challenges do you have when using your Facebook news feed?

Question: What other ways do you use to organize your Facebook news feed? Leave a comment below. 

  • http://www.goldstarmedia.co.uk/ Clive Jones

    Great post Christian, and a really innovative way of using Feedly. I’ve used an RSS reader to keep an eye on page notifications before, but will have to now look at doing it with page feeds.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @CliveJones:disqus, I love using Feedly. Not only has it made it easier to keep up with the sites that interest me, it has allowed me to reduce the number of emails I received in my Inbox.

  • Murali

    Hi Christian,

    When I try to set up a feed for my newsfeed in feedly I get a syndicative error. Please let me know if there is any work around for that.

    Thank You!

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Can you post the feed you are trying to include? I think the issue is that the feed you are trying to include is broken on that site.

  • Jonathan

    Hi Christian – thanks for the information, it’s a really useful video. I have a quick question about facebook RSS feeds. I’ve noticed that my facebook RSS feeds have stopped pulling in images associated with each post. Do you know why this has happened and if there is a work around to make sure images appear in my feed? Thanks – Jonathan

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Do you have a link you can send me to test? I haven’t experienced that issue.

    • Andy Kerr

      Any satisfaction on this one? My images are not being pulled in. Thanks

  • Ed

    Hi Christian,

    I am trying to get to work with a Facebook group. Is this possible? I followed the steps but the ID for the group doesn’t return any RSS feed results.
    53831797700
    Thanks,
    Ed

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Ed, I’m looking into this. Can you send me a reminder? Thanks! http://www.christiankonline.com/contact

      • Ed

        it looks like the missing piece is something like wallflux

        • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

          Ed, for now, that’s probably the best way to get your Facebook Group RSS feed. They’re a bit different on how they work compared to Facebook Pages.

          I’m checking on a few things for you regarding in regards to getting your Facebook Groups RSS feed without having to use a third-party tool.

  • Markus

    Am I right that it not possible to create a rss feed from an interest list that allows me to add feeds to feedly that contains pages and friends news?

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @disqus_D952u2uaGJ:disqus, yes. You would be better off using this method to organize your news feed and any blogs or websites you read since the interest list doesn’t have its own RSS feed.

  • Bonzo

    Anyone else having problems using this method of getting fb feeds? For me it worked for a long time, but today all feeds are down. Feedly can’t find any of my fb feeds using this url..I was even still using FeedDemon, but can’t connect to any fb feeds today. The 1% of fb feeds that are able to connect get the syndication error.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @disqus_zzCtaN5OSp:disqus, I just used this earlier this week and I have it setup in Feedly and it seems to be pulling in content from pages just fine. Did you try submitting feedback? http://www.christiankonline.com/facebook-help

      • Bonzo

        No haven’t tried submitting feedback yet. Thought I would check if it was a local issue or not. Also I’m not a big fan of Facebook’s so-called support 🙂

        I am pretty confused however. As I said, all the fb feeds in FeedDemon went down today. It all worked fine yesterday and I have no other issues with my internet connection or any other sites. Also, when trying to import the opml file from FeedDemon into Feedly, the fb feeds that get through work perfectly, but I only get like 1/6 of all the feeds. I thought maybe I was trying to import too many feeds, as there are around 600 in the opml file, but when making a 46 fb feed opml file, Feedly only imports 10 of them. And it still doesn’t find any fb feeds when I try to manually search for them.

        It’s just weird…I can’t even guess what the problem is. The alternative would be adding a custom list on my personal fb profile, so that I can at least get all those feeds working and be able to sort them after most recent posts. But adding 600 fb pages (liking + adding) to the list is a lot of work though 🙂

        • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

          @disqus_zzCtaN5OSp:disqus, not sure why that is happening. Have you tried reaching out to Feedly for support? Maybe there is a cap that we’re not aware of.

          • Bonzo

            Not yet, but I probably will at some point. All the fb feeds started working again after 3-4 days, not sure what happened there, so I’m able to stay updated again via feeddemon until I get a proper replacement.

            Either way, thanks for the feedback 🙂

          • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

            You’re very welcome @disqus_zzCtaN5OSp:disqus. The feeds sometimes go down from time-to-time. Good luck!

  • Jordan Alexander

    I would like to export all mu subscriptions that I follow on facebook. I dont want to individual add each account. I want to export my following and then add to feedly. Therefor deleting my facebook account after.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @disqus_jcV30pnCP3:disqus, I don’t think you can export them at one time from Facebook. The one thing you can try is to export a copy of your Facebook Profile to see what Facebook includes in your files. Try exporting the regular and full versions.

  • Teo

    Hey, this doesn’t work anymore? Any suggestions? Thank’s a lot. Cheers.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Correct. I updated the post to reflect. this.

  • http://www.serendipitycat.no Cathrine Eide Westerby

    I really miss the option of making RSS-feeds from Facebook Pages! I hope Facebook will allow this again soon!

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @catwesterby:disqus, I know! It was VERY helpful to be able to pull this into Feedly or other tools.

      • http://www.serendipitycat.no Cathrine Eide Westerby

        I honestly think Facebook is making a mistake here.

        I think that the option to follow RSS-feeds from pages actually increased engagement with the content. I do understand that Facebook wants us to make lists and do all our follow-up through Facebook, but really, there is too much info to handle.

        Well, just hoping that the option to make RSS-feeds will come back. 🙂

        • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

          Cathrine Eide Westerby, I hope they bring back the RSS feed option as well.

          Having an RSS feed makes a lot of sense. Especially if there are specific Facebook Pages you want to be able to quickly check along with blogs you read on a regular basis.