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How To Add An RSS Feed To A Facebook Page

Facebook, love it or hate it. I never really used the social networking site much; not my thing to share quizzes, games and all the other things users share on the site. It has its uses to keep in touch with some friends but then again, there are other means to do that.

Still, I have decided to create a Ghacks Facebook fan page. The first thing that I wanted to do after creating the page was to add the RSS feed to it. One would think that this is an easy operation, apparently it is not.

Do not get me wrong, the option to import a blog is right there, but it is well hidden in one of the menus. Being a Facebook newbie I thought I had to install a Facebook app to add an RSS feed to the fan page, boy was I wrong.

Update: I since then made the decision to post updates manually on Facebook. It allows me to personalize the posts and address users who read it on Facebook in a special way.

Add an RSS Feed to a Facebook page

Update: It is no longer possible to use Facebook's Note feature to add an RSS feed to a page on the social networking site. You can use alternatives such as the RSS to Facebook page recipe on IFTTT. Note that you need to create a free account on the site to use the recipe for that. Update End

What you need to do is the following. Open the Facebook page and locate the More link in the timeline tab bar right underneath the site's header. A click on it reveals additional features, including Notes.

The Notes feature appears in the main header bar once it has been configured. Select Notes and then the Write Note button.

facebook write note rss

It is then possible to write a single note or use a button at the top to post other information, like photos or links.

facebook notes
facebook notes

If you click the Notes icon you see an option to import a blog on the right hand side of the screen.

facebook import blog
facebook import blog

Just paste the url of the RSS feed into the url form, and verify that you have the permission to post the feed on the Facebook page.

import a blog
import a blog

Clicking on the Start Importing button will add the feed to the Facebook fan page.

Ghacks Fan Page

Now that the RSS feed is in place I need some additional thoughts on what to add to the fan page. If you are a Facebook user let me know what you would like to see on the fan page?

Oh, and do not forget to become a fan, will you.

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How To Add An RSS Feed To A Facebook Page
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How To Add An RSS Feed To A Facebook Page
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Find out how to add an RSS feed to a Facebook page so that new articles are automatically posted on the social networking site.
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  1. Bhavyesh said on July 15, 2010 at 11:35 am
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    Adding rss to notes will not do any good to the site.. bcoz people will not see your site link anywhere…. there will be only one tiny link to the original article at the second page when the user clicks on the notes link to see the article… It would be better if you add all your posts to the fan page manually… just shorten your post url and attach the link while you share

    1. Martin said on July 15, 2010 at 11:37 am
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      Bhavyesh, yeah I see that. There must be another better way, other than adding the posts manually?

      1. Bhavyesh said on July 15, 2010 at 11:41 am
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        No dude, even I am looking for the same from long.. but no help :(… and yeah your fanpage link is not working

      2. Martin said on July 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm
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        What do you mean the fanpage link is not working? It’s working on my end. What error are you getting?

  2. Kaushik said on July 15, 2010 at 11:55 am
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    I can relate to this. Never really got involved in facebook – never joined a fanpage and never “liked” any page. It surprises me when all people could talk about is facebook.

    If I were Mark Zukerberg I would have thought, “Nah, this wouldn’t work”. What I have learned from Twitter and Facebook is – if an idea seems absurd, in all possibility, it will work on Internet. :)

    Congrats for the fanpage though. I’m thinking about creating one too, but not sure how many would join ;)

    1. Martin said on July 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm
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      Kaushik, I have a hard time justifying the existence of a fan page, I mean, all it currently offers is the RSS feed and that’s it. Sure, users can show they are a fan of my site, and maybe they can post on the wall as well (not sure about that), but I really do not see lots of reasons why someone would wanna spend time on that page.

      And until I do not find at least one reason I’m not sure it is worth the time and troubles.

      1. Kaushik said on July 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm
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        Fanpages are most likely for people who use Facebook as an RSS reader.

        And the non-working fanpage link Bhavyesh mentioned is the second link – “>become a fan”

      2. Martin said on July 15, 2010 at 12:45 pm
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        Thanks a lot, fixed it.

  3. quorn23 said on July 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm
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    i just can’t find that damn plus button, where is it exactly :(

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