Why do you “like” Facebook pages? Are you just a random fan showing support, or do you actually want to see some content from that source? If you’re in the latter camp for any given page (probably not all of them), and don’t trust Facebook to show you everything automatically, you might want to learn a bit about how to get that content in front of your eyeballs.
Facebook Interest Lists
The quickest and easiest way to keep track of your favourite pages can be done within Facebook. It involves setting up your “interest” lists, which are basically like friends lists, but include pages. Once set up, you can see your interest list as one of your favourite links on the left-hand side of your Facebook home screen, making it easy to access at any time.
In brief, head to your home screen, look on the left-hand side and you’ll see “Interests” underneath your friends lists, apps and all the rest. Hover over the word “Interests” and you’ll see the word “More” pop up near it. Click that and you’ll be able to “Add Interests”, either by browsing lists other people have made or by creating your own.
When using interest lists, you are basically telling Facebook to show you that content, rather than using Edgerank to filter it out of your feed like it usually does. I’m sure they still use Edgerank to match posts in that list against each other (so it’s still worth learning about Edgerank), but you’ll still see a lot more content from the pages.
Here’s a detailed overview of setting up your interest lists and the sorts of things you may like to group together.
Get An RSS Feed For The Page
If you’re the sort of person who likes to get useful information out of Facebook and into the real world, you might want to get the RSS feeds for your favourite pages. To do this, you will need to get the Facebook ID of the page you want the RSS feed of.
Knowing the Facebook Page URL is only half of the trick, as you actually need the Facebook ID number. FindMyFacebookID is a site that makes finding the ID easy, given that most pages these days use a custom URL. Paste the page URL in the box and it will throw back an ID number.
Now, use the following URL to get your RSS feed, plugging your own ID number in at the end:
This is the URL for MakeUseOf’s Facebook page feed. Feel free to add this to your RSS reader in order to catch up with our best articles quickly.
If you want to promote your personal work, once you get an RSS feed for your own Facebook page, you can use interesting widgets to put the feed on your website or blog.
Get An RSS Feed For All Of Your Favourite Pages
If you’re like me, you’ll never do this, because even sorting through the 500+ pages to cull them is just too much effort. However, if you are a little bit technical and you want to get an RSS feed for all of your favourite pages, check out this method of how to make a Facebook Page RSS list in 6 easy steps.
It involves having a developer account (which isn’t too hard to set up) and using the Facebook API. It’s easier than it sounds, but honestly, I can’t see many people wanting to use it. Just in case you do, I thought I’d share.
How do you keep track of your favourite Facebook pages? Any special tricks?