Facebook Status RSS feed: How to find it, and what to do with it

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Today, I discovered Wordle. It’s this neat app that allows you to create beautiful word clouds using custom text input, an RSS feed, or your Delicious account. Well, I wanted to input my Facebook status feed, but alas – I could not find it!

After a little research, I finally found a useful post about finding your Facebook Status RSS feed at Tech Life Web, and I wanted to share my findings with you guys.

*** UPDATE 6/22/2010: Thanks to Shirish, I have learned that this only works if you’re a long time Facebook user. If these instructions aren’t working for you, it may be because you were late to the party!

*** UPDATE 6/24/2011: It would appear there’s some Facebook apps available to provide this functionality if you search for them. Anyone want to try them out and report back how they work for you?

Get the notifications RSS feed

Go to your notifications page: facebook.com/notifications.php

At the bottom of the right hand column you will find a little blue RSS icon with the words “Your Notifications” next to it.

Clicking on that link should take you to your Notifications RSS feed.

Getting your status RSS feed

Now for the tinkering. Your link will look something like this (the X’s represent numbers, which will NOT change):

http://www.facebook.com/feeds/notifications.php?id=XXXXXXXXX&viewer=XXXXXXXXX&key=XXXXXXXXXX&format=rss20

You will take your link, and change the word “notifications” to “status”.

http://www.facebook.com/feeds/status.php?id=XXXXXXXXX&viewer=XXXXXXXXX&key=XXXXXXXXXX&format=rss20

That is your status RSS feed.

If you’re one of the people who can’t access that link, try changing the “www” before facebook.com to “apps”, and see if that works for you.

Making the status feed pretty

Right now it probably reads awkward because it will say your name in front of all your updates. If you want to get rid of that, head on over to the Yahoo Pipe Facebook Status RSS Feed Filter.

Copy and paste your status RSS into the text input box and hit “Run pipe”.

Once it is finished, you should see your pretty statuses in the bottom section. To access this as an RSS feed, click the “Get as RSS” link.

You’re done!

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If you want to have some fun, head over to Wordle to create your very own word cloud with your statuses. My statuses aren’t too interesting, but here’s what I got:

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43 Responses to “Facebook Status RSS feed: How to find it, and what to do with it”

        • Anne Dorko

          That’s if you only visit that page.

          However, if you put the appropriate parameters on the end of the URL (by exactly following the instructions here) it still works – at least for me. I just tested to be sure, and it is at this moment showing me my feed!

    • Anne Dorko

      Maybe it’s just me, but I still have access to the status.php page. I believe you must not be following the instructions exactly. If you miss any of the parameters it will give you that error.

      • Shirish

        Hi Anne,
        Zack is partly right. This doesn’t work for everyone. I discovered this TODAY by myself (a late boomer) and was so excited I asked all my friends to give it a try. Apparently, it only works for the old Facebook users. Most of the newer users (with larger “id” values) cannot access their status updates via RSS.
        Maybe it’s Facebook’s way of thanking us for being with them :P
        Or maybe we’re the unfortunate ones. Anyone who gets the “key” value right, gets access to our Status updates (regardless of our privacy settings).

        • Todd Van Hoosear

          Looks like they’re slowly squeezing access to this feed even for the older folks. This solution used to work for me, now it doesn’t. Has anybody tried changing permissions to their profile to see if that works? If so, which permissions?

  1. John Corsaut

    For the huge amount of time that I’ve spend researching how to bring in a simple RSS so that my client’s site (www.myrighttime.com/blog) can see the Facebook posts, you’d think the answer would be more clear. All I want to do, is display the client’s WALL posts (www.facebook.com/myrighttime) …I’ve tried it all – nothing works correctly. Twitter was a cake walk – facebook is a cake in my face…anyone know how to do this correctly?

    • Anne Dorko

      You want to display wall posts, not status updates? I’ll look and see if I can find anything.

  2. XtinaS

    Steps I followed:

    * Go to this URL: http://www.facebook.com/notifications.php
    * Right-click on the “Via RSS” link, and copy the link.
    * The link: http://www.facebook.com/feeds/notifications.php?id=#########&viewer=#########&key=##########&format=rss20
    * Replace “notifications.php” with “status.php”.
    * Try going directly to the new link. (Firefox does that feed-parsing thing, so.)

    Result:

    This feed URL is no longer valid. Visit this page to find the new URL, if you have access, http://www.facebook.com/minifeed.php?status&id=#########.

    That link is completely meaningless to Google Reader, alas.

    It might be that some folk have access to that, and some don’t. This isn’t surprising, given how insanely large Facebook is. Might be a “We haven’t removed that functionality on all servers yet” thing.

  3. XtinaS

    I forgot to mention: it’s meaningless because minifeed.php &c &c just redirects to the profile.

  4. Terran

    Nope, doesn’t work for me either, and I’ve double-checked all of the URL parameters.

  5. Go to your notes section on Facebook and click “Subscribe”. Then, when you’re in the RSS reader, simply change the part that says “notes.php?” to “status.php?”. This will not show wall updates through Twitter or posts by others, though. I think there is a way to do it, but your privacy settings must be lower.

  6. philly

    This only works for all the pages that are old.. I joined in 06, it worked for me… I did the exact same instructions for my friend who joined a few months ago, and it doesn’t work…. Go figure.

    • Anne Dorko

      Philly, been noted! I have recently updated the post to reflect this (see up at the top).

  7. Changing “notes” to “friends_status” works but not for my own status.

  8. The friends status RSS page only shows 1 post even though I’ve been working on this for hours and have received more updates. If it worked properly then I could just make a dummy profile and friend myself of course. ( And cross my fingers that facebook doesn’t redirect this page yet again)

  9. Christian Longe

    It worked for me. Why doesn’t facebook publish this link somewhere usable. It can’t be a privacy thing because they do provide it.

    • Tommy Christanto

      It also work for me.
      IMO, it will not work when we change the status privacy setting from ‘everyone’ to other than ‘everyone’

    • Sadly, that doesn’t work. Did you have success or was this just a guess?

  10. I want to get a feed of My Friend’s status. And by changing ‘notes’ to ‘status’ shows the status updates of friends of my friend!
    Well, it works, whatever it gives, after so many failed tries.

  11. Hi,

    I got this to work, but it only displays 6 items – how can I load more?

    Thanks

  12. This works!
    Go here.http://www.facebook.com/notes.php?friends#!/notes.php?recent

    Click subcribe to feed then url should look like this below.
    http://www.facebook.com/feeds/friends_notes.php?id=100001548088591&key=064ad2ffc5&format=rss20

    Change friends_notes to friends_status in the url and hit go to in address bar.It should take you here

    http://www.facebook.com/feeds/friends_status.php?id=100001519088191&key=064ad25hc5&format=rss20

    Then click on subcribe to feed.

    You can subscribe to notifications here

    http://www.facebook.com/notifications.php?

    Hope this helps it took hours to figure it out but works well!

    • Karen

      Thank you! This worked for me – the feature had disappeared a few weeks ago, but now I can rss my friends’ status updates. You rule! :-)

  13. gonkyouka

    This seems not to work anymore with the new facebook. Anyone knows a new solution?

  14. Thanks so much for posting this. For the life of me, I wasn’t able to get my Facebook status RSS feed.. =)

  15. Jenny

    Worked for me, great job!
    (I’ve had my Facebook account since 2005)

  16. suzana66

    Any idea how I can convert facebook fan page status updates to RSS?

    • Thanks, but this version is a little bit more messy than the old FB-RSS. Anyway it’s good start.

  17. Thanks Anne!! Was hunting for a solution for this name issue on my RSS feed since a few days..

  18. Margaret White

    Well yes i too tried it and it doesnt work for me but for my husband it works perfectly fine. We both use the same URLS and still it gives a different story. My Fb account is a new one meanwhile my husband has it since a long time. I guess facebook is not giving this access to every single of its users..

    Thanks for sharing the post though :)
    -Margaret

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