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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.

Facebook Interests

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 8 Tips To Increase EdgeRank & Exposure For Your Facebook Page Updates [Weekly Facebook Tips] 8 Tips To Increase EdgeRank & Exposure For Your Facebook Page Updates [Weekly Facebook Tips] If you run a Facebook Page, you probably noticed that there was a change in your reach since September 2012. This is because Facebook revised how its EdgeRank algorithm worked for Pages, making it a... Read More ), but you’ll still see a lot more content from the pages.

Here’s a detailed overview of setting up your interest lists Using Facebook Friends Lists For Interests Or Circles [Facebook Hack Or Tip Of The Week] Using Facebook Friends Lists For Interests Or Circles [Facebook Hack Or Tip Of The Week] Is Facebook driving you crazy? Most people who use Facebook generally view the home feed in its unfiltered form, which means they're seeing updates from friends, acquaintances and pages all lumped in together and shown... Read More and the sorts of things you may like to group together.

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Get An RSS Feed For The Page

If you’re the sort of person who likes to get useful information out of Facebook 10 Ways To Use Facebook Without Going To Facebook 10 Ways To Use Facebook Without Going To Facebook Read More 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.

Find My Facebook ID

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.

Found My Facebook ID

Now, use the following URL to get your RSS feed, plugging your own ID number in at the end:

http://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?format=rss20&id=27517455413

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 FeederNinja: Create Attractive Facebook, Twitter or RSS Widgets for Your Website FeederNinja: Create Attractive Facebook, Twitter or RSS Widgets for Your Website Read More 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.

MakeUseOf Facebook Page

How do you keep track of your favourite Facebook pages? Any special tricks?

  1. Yassine
    June 2, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Thank you for sharing this

  2. Lindy
    April 3, 2014 at 1:05 am

    It makes it very hard for a small page like mine to get anywhere... Only about 5% of my people are seeing my page. No chance of growth, and then FB complain when you "go fishing" for likes... ugh.... Anyway, shameless promotion here ---> https://www.facebook.com/JustSoICanHaveMyOwnPage

    ;)

  3. Marta
    April 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks for the tips. Using Facebook via a browser, I found a link called 'Pages Feed' on the left navigation bar. All the posts posts from pages that I have liked are in this feed versus the News feed. You can also drag this page up the Navigation menu so it is under your Favorites section in the menu. It is somewhat like having a feed reader for your likes within Facebook when using a browser to access Facebook. It is also similar to seeing posts in Groups and a lot less disruptive than using the notifications. I tried notifications at first and it is just too busy. The downside - I am not able to find it on the mobile Facebook app on iOS.

    • Angela A
      April 3, 2014 at 7:04 am

      Yeah, that feed is also way too busy when you like more than a few hundred pages, which is really easy to do. :)

  4. Sebastian
    April 2, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    mh. I see the need for an alternativ facebook browser client, or?

  5. Tom W
    April 2, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Once I Like a page, I just hover over the "Liked" menu until it pops open and click "Get notifications". This does exactly what it says on the tin. This also works for the friends that I want to see all of the updates from. I find that the occasional update is still missed, but I think this is a bug more than a filter.

    • Angela A
      April 3, 2014 at 7:05 am

      Yeah, this way is good if you only do it for one or two pages. Any more and it would get a big crazy!

    • Tom W
      April 3, 2014 at 9:24 am

      I find it a lot more manageable than having it all come through RSS. I don't get notifications for all of my Liked pages, just the ones I care about all of the content on. The rest I'm happy to scroll through my newsfeed and find random stories.

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