How To Get An RSS Feed For Your Facebook Group

June 13, 2014 · 18 comments

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How To Get An RSS Feed For Your Facebook Group

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RSS Feeds!

If you’ve been investigating this situation for any time at all, you’ve likely already discovered that Facebook does NOT provide a build in RSS feed for their Facebook groups. 

This can be a source of a lot of headaches.

However, this is partially done because groups exist behind a login protection and groups that are not classed as “open” should never have their privacy compromised by having the feed turned into something that is less private than the group itself. 

However, sometimes we have a need for an RSS feed from a Facebook group. Either because: 

1) We are the admin and we want to personally track the group from there (without giving everyone access)…

or

2) The group is an open group and we want to enable members to have access to the feed for their own reading use. 

If you do not understand the difference between “open”, “closed”, and “secret” Facebook groups, in Facebook terminology, please be sure to read their Facebook group privacy primer  first. 

Creating An RSS Feed For Your Facebook Group

The easiest way to quickly create an RSS feed for your Facebook Group is using the “Freemium” service “Wallflux for Facebook”.

By default, this is for OPEN Facebook groups. If you need access for a CLOSED or SECRET group, see these notes.

Start by going here: http://wallflux.com/facebook_id/ 

Into the search box, put the URL of your group. It will look something like this: https://www.facebook.com/groups/371411309668671/

Usually this will immediately correctly pick up the ID and give you feed URLs. 

However, sometimes, it does not work, and you need to back-track and use a different tool to get the “Facebook Graph ID” of your Facebook group. A tool like http://lookup-id.com/ is necessary (and then plugging that into the home page of Wallflux).

Keep in mind that secret groups may not pull feeds properly due to the privacy restrictions on those groups. 

Wallflux

Once it has either found the ID or you have given it the ID, Wallflux will present you with a page like this. 

This page includes links to the versions of the feed available as well as an option to register your feed with them. 

For example, my RSS Feed looks like this: http://www.wallflux.com/feed/371411309668671 and http://www.wallflux.com/atom/371411309668671

I did notice that Feedly was cranky about accepting this feed URL but did finally let me add it. 

Wallflux also gives you an option to register your feed (a paid option), there are several reasons you might want to do this including helping the developer to keep this tool available!

Tip: Be sure to look at both the regular and Atom feeds, in your feed reader, after adding them, as they display different and you may prefer one over the other. I prefer the Atom feed as it brings in images and comments better. This is more server intensive so if you register, it’s (rightly) a little more expensive. 

There are additional FAQs on the Wallflux home page if you have other questions. 

Hope this helps you get that all-important feed for your new Facebook group!

Questions? Comments? Let me know in the comments box below!

~ Kim ~
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Dr. Erica Goodstone June 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Kimberly,
I do not actually understand how this works for a Facebook group. This may be a silly question but is this something you set up once and that others easily access or do you have to add each person’s FB url to the RSS feed?

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Kim Castleberry June 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Think of this like a content export. It’s simply a different way of looking at the items that are on the FB group “wall”/”timeline”. You set it up once and it’s just pulling the data once from the group itself. So whatever is on the group wall/timeline is going to show up in it. Does that make more sense?

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Dr. Erica Goodstone June 13, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Kimberly,

I just wrote a quick comment saying “Oh, okay, thanks,” but the blog did not accept such a short reply. That is the first time I encountered that, so I wrote a longer response here.

Erica

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John Maske June 14, 2014 at 6:24 am

Nice sharing Kim. I may not need to use it yet but it is something new I read today. Thanks again.

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Rosemary O'Shaughnessy June 14, 2014 at 6:53 am

Hi Kim,

Well done you have explained Group RSS Feeds very welcome and you made an excellent point the importance of understanding the different types of groups on Facebook.

Many thanks again for taking the time to write this post.

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marquita herald June 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

Great tips Kim. I must admit I’m a bit in awe of anyone who manages a group on Facebook because it appears to be a constant challenge to keep members happy and spammers out – not sure I could muster the patience. Thanks for the valuable FB hack, happy to share!
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nick catricala June 14, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Kim,
no need for me to say I did not get it :-0 but one think I learn about this FB RSS feed… and that is that it is not concern me at all at this time..

But will THANK you as usual for what you teach al of us… and for the one who will need this info, will be very precious.

Thanks so much.
_nickc
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Kaloyan Banev June 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Nice one, I wasn’t aware of that. Though recently my group on Facebook is suffering from a lot of spam. As soon as I figure out a way to fight with this, I will definitely make the RSS feed connection.
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Julieanne van Zyl June 15, 2014 at 2:58 am

Kim, I can see at least one tremendous use for this RSS feed. I’m a member of a secret group which has a huge amount of interaction and knowledge on there. And, as you know, it’s really difficult to search in a group. So, if we make it into an RSS feed, it’s going to be soooo much easier to find information from a few months ago.
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Chery Schmidt June 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Hello Kim I love this and do think this will be a great way to keep track of the posts and comments and such, Am I right? Well I am heading over to the Wallflux home page to do some investigating of my own.
Thanis for sharing.. Chery :))
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Kyle Nelson June 16, 2014 at 10:19 am

Such an informative post. Facebook group management, of large groups, seems to be a challenge and i think having access to it via RSS is a great way to manage.
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Willena Flewelling June 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm

This sounds like a great idea for anyone with a large group to manage, or for a group with lots of interaction. Thanks for explaining it so clearly, Kim.
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Allo serrurier kremlin bicetre June 19, 2014 at 8:42 am

wonderful article. I honestly have not yet created a facebook group. but in case I need a rss. I know how

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Andy Lockhart June 20, 2014 at 8:32 am

Kim, this is great information, I had seen information for Facebook pages before but not groups. When you manage a group, getting updates without having to go to Facebook is really useful. Thanks Andy
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WilliamAmis June 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Kim, this is great information and hard to find otherwise. You walked us through each loop hole. I found this to be challenging at first.

Thank you for keeping it simple for us non-serious tech people.

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Kate July 2, 2014 at 4:08 am

Genius. It would never have occurred to me that this was even possible. Loving your blog, just added you to my RSS feed!

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Ileane September 28, 2014 at 7:20 am

Hi Kim,

I found the Wall Flux site a while ago and it’s a cool find. I haven’t found a really good use for it outside of searching for old posts. What have you come up with?

Thanks Kim!
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Orit September 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Thanks for that, Kim. I wasn’t familiar with that tool.

I too find it difficult to track and search within a Facebook group. My groups are private (secret or closed) and so I created this recipe on IFTTT. It collect posts from a Facebook Group and puts in into an Evernote Notebook for easy search and access.

Works great. (You can create your own recipe or use the link to mine)

https://ifttt.com/recipes/182122-collect-posts-from-a-facebook-group-to-an-evernote-notebook-for-easy-search-and-access

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