Get Facebook Group Feed via RSS

(Edit: As Jaedon notes in his comment below, this actually works for the pages of an organization, not proper Facebook groups. It still works for all the organizations listed below, but I should have been clearer. Thanks, Jaedon!)

In a previous post, I alluded to subscribing to a Facebook group’s feed via RSS. When a group updates its feed frequently, this trick ensures I don’t miss any posts (and keeps me off Facebook and actually doing work.) I just tentatively switched from the soon-to-be-obsolete Google Reader to Feedly, and I think I’ll mark the occasion with a short tutorial.

To illustrate, let me use as an example the Facebook group for biological anthropologists: BANDIT – Biological Anthropology Developing Investigators Troop. As a young monkey scientist, this new group’s posts are on my “must-read” list, making this a perfect case for RSS.

1. Super Easy Case Study

First navigate to the main page of BANDIT’s group and check out the URL:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/BANDIT-Biological-Anthropology-Developing-Investigators-Troop/270345732991556

See that number at the end? 270345732991556. That’s the group page’s ID. (If your group of choice doesn’t have a number in its URL, scroll on down to the second case study below.) Once you know your group ID, you can easily infer the URL of the group’s RSS feed. It’ll be something like this:

https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=GROUP_ID_HERE&format=rss20

We just replace the GROUP_ID_HERE bit with the actually number, giving us:

https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=270345732991556&format=rss20

Pop over to Feedly or your preferred RSS reader of choice, click on “add content” or “subscribe” or “add feed,” and paste in our shiny new URL.

There you have it! Now whenever content is added to the Facebook group feed, it’ll show up in my Feedly reader.

2. Slightly Harder but Still Quite Simple Case Study

Not all group URLs will have the group ID embedded in them, like BANDIT’s did. Check out the format of the URL for another Facebook group, I Fucking Love Science:

http://www.facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience?fref=ts

No group ID (or profanity) to be found. We do get the official name of the group though, which is “IFeakingLoveScience.” To translate group name to group ID number, we can navigate to a URL of this format:

https://graph.facebook.com/GROUP_NAME_HERE

Similar to before, we replace the GROUP_NAME_HERE bit with the group name, giving us:

https://graph.facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience

Pop that URL in your browser and you get a bunch of info about the group, including the coveted group ID:

Now you can follow the same steps above. Insert the group ID, 367116489976035, into the RSS feed URL:

https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=367116489976035&format=rss20

And add it to your RSS reader. Super easy!

3. Pre-Made RSS Feed URLs for the Lazy Biological Anthropologist

To get you started, here are a few Facebook groups’ URLs that might be useful for people whose interests are similar to mine.

  • BANDIT
    https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=270345732991556&format=rss20
  • Conservation International
    https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=7341997111&format=rss20
  • Center for the Study of Human Origins
    https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=276682105766370&format=rss20
  • I Fucking Love Science
    https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=367116489976035&format=rss20
  • Leakey Foundation
    https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=92768928508&format=rss20
  • NYU Anthropology Department
    https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=452013794850237&format=rss20
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
    https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=152065518140304&format=rss20
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation
    https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=221981867859487&format=rss20
  • WWF
    https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=20373776304&format=rss20

If you’re feeling generous, leave a comment with any others you think might be handy. Happy reading!

(Here, by the way, is another succinct tutorial with similar information.)

  1. This is a nice little tutorial. It seems that what you are describing as a “group” is actually a “page.” True groups behave differently than pages and do not work with your methods.

    Thanks for what you have done.

    • Hi Jaedon! Thanks for the note. You’re right, I should have been more clear. This methods works for the public pages of the groups organizations I mentioned. Thanks a ton for the clarification!

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  3. Sad that so many groups are closed or private due to scammers (who somehow manage to still post anyway) and I can’t visit these groups every day to check every post. GRRRR.

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