Facebook unlike Twitter and blogs do not publish an RSS feed for
us. In addition it's content is behind a login. This makes Facebook
very challenging to monitor. This is a method for generating
an RSS feed of content from Facebook utilizing Google search, Open
Dapper and topping it off with an RSS reader. Note
The idea is this. If someone was to ask a question or mention
something relevant to your brand, market, product or service on
Facebook would you like to know about it? Hint: So you can do
something about it.
Note that at this time content on personal profiles is private
and protected from even Google. Content from Facebook Pages and
groups are accessible to Google search.
Step 1. Customize Your Google Search
Take advantage of Google to customize a search matching your
business. Use the Advanced Search (link is right next to the Search
button) and/or the Google search operators to refine your search.
Here is a Google Cheat Sheet with a list of
To get results only from Facebook include
"site:www.facebook.com" to your search.
In the example below we are asking Google to return all results
that include the term financial or its synonyms AND Corvallis,
limited to results from Facebook. Also note we have selected the
Latest results option on the left of the Google search page.
In the example below we asking for results including the term
Umbraco on Facebook sorted by date.
Yet another option is to get results based on geography. In
this case we are requesting results from Corvallis, Oregon (see the
option in the left most column below).
Once you have a search you like save the URL address or just
keep the browser open in the results page. We'll need the URL in
Tips and Advice:
Step 2. Use Open Dapper to Create a New
Go to http://www.dapper.net/open/.
I like to use a second browser tab here. I recommend you
create an account to use for this so you can save your "Dapp" and
adjust it later. Select "create a new Dapp". You can choose a
format at this stage but its not needed.
Dapper will ask you a URL. Copy and paste the URL from your
Google search here. You can also select the RSS feed option at this
stage. Click the Next Step button to continue.
Dapper will process the URL and you will see the Google results
page inside of Dapper. Find the Add to Basket button to add this
page to your Dapp. Click Next Step to continue. Dapper will ask you
if you want to use just one page here. The answer is yes, you can
Using your mouse select the content for your RSS feed, the
1)title 2)summary and 3)date if its available from the Google
search results page inside of Dapper.
You will select these three items separately, save them
using the Save Field button and name them appropriately. Once
you have selected your content click Next Step to continue.
Preview your feed and make sure everything looks OK. You should
see your title, summary and date if it was available. Click Next
Step if it looks good. Go Back if you need to reselect your
Save your Dapp. Give it a good name. Describe what you are
searching for and from where so you can easily identify it later. A
description and tags aren't needed. Click Next Step to
Under Create RSS Feed make sure your Item Title, Item Text and
Date Published are assigned to the appropriate content you selected
earlier. The URL next to the RSS button is your new customized RSS
Save the RSS Feed URL. We'll use it in the next step.
Step 3. Use an RSS Reader to View Your RSS
Reader is just one of many free RSS readers available to you.
also free. Its really a matter of preference.
In Google Reader below you can subscribe to your RSS feed by
clicking the Add a subscription button. Below is what it looks
like after the RSS has been subscribed to. You can see the Google
search results inside Google Reader. The title is a link to the
original source. Clicking it will take you there.
And there you have it. With many RSS feeds automatically
updating your RSS reader you will be able to monitor Facebook and
just about any other web page that is publicly accessible. Even if
it doesn't publish an RSS feed. Yes, there are some very cool
business applications here.
Do you have any question about this? Suggestions? Please share
them here with us as a comment.
Hi Misty. I know you have been doing education lately. Any advice for presenting this information to the typical web user?
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This is one of the most detailed and helpful step by step blogs I have read in a long time. Thanks for posting it and yes I will add it to my class content in my advanced Social networking class at OCCC. Thanks
Nice post. I've also been using a single tool: Feedity - http://feedity.com to create custom RSS feeds from my Facebook pages and other sites for social media monitoring. It's really simple and gives decent results.
Thanks for the feedity link. Its nice to know there are other options. It looks like it has some nice/different features. The only bummer is the ads in the free version.
Do you have any experience with the feed mashup piece? If that could replace Yahoo Pipes, that might be worth the subscription price.
I've a question: Is there a way to search just for comments from your Facebook page. I ask because I'd love to include them as comments on a website using the RSS feed generated by the above process. Seems like others would want to know how to do this too.
"This page produces RSS feeds which represent Facebook search results. It allows integration of Facebook's search engine with feed readers."
- "Facebook RSS Search": http://search.tifsoft.com/
Unfortunately you can't do the Facebook Fan page in dapper. However, you may be able to search google for that page:
That kinda works. Its a start anyways...
Tim, that link is fantastic!
I tried it, and Google is rejecting Dapper......
This tutorial is very good.
Is there any tutorials on how to retrieve comments from a blog and generate RSS feeds for import? Anyone know how to do this?
This is very well explained in your post. Thanks.
I'm going to try the steps and see how it goes.
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