Facebook Tip: Broadcast your Facebook status as RSS
RSS is one of the most useful tools out there for moving information around on the web. Recently the concept of “micro-blogging” status updates has become very popular with applications like Facebook, Twitter and Pownce. The only problem is that it is a pain to update many sites at the same time. It is better to pick one and broadcast RSS to the others. I’m going to show you how to broadcast your Facebook status to Twitter.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Twitter Facebook App now lets you control your Facebook status from Twitter. This tip lets you posts your Facebook status in Twitter. Using them together is a very bad idea.
How to Find the RSS Feed for Your Facebook Status
This is actually the hardest part.
- Login to Facebook
- Click on Profile tab
- Under the Mini-Feed heading click on See All
- Click on Status Stories from the right hand column
- Right click on My Status and copy the link
Filtering Your Status with Yahoo Pipes
I’ve put together a Yahoo Pipe that filters your status. This isn’t necessary, but it makes the status updates look a little bit better in other applications like Twitter. It removes your name, and changes the link to go to your profile instead of the individual status. Feel free to clone it and tweak it some more.
Eric is washing his cat.
is washing his cat (from Facebook status).
and the feed link is set to your Facebook profile.
- Go to this Yahoo Pipe
- Copy your Facebook status RSS feed
- Click Run Pipe
- Click on Subscribe
- Right click on Get as RSS and copy link
You can now put this filter RSS into TwitterFeed, your blog sidebar, etc.
- This Yahoo Pipe gave me the idea for filtering Facebook status
- Michael Pick for his instructions on how to find your Facebook RSS feed (he’s the source of the screenshot above)