Facebook news feed organizer

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.