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Friday 27 February 2009

RSS feeds on Facebook

I've played with a number of Facebook applications that claim to let you import RSS feeds into Facebook - and then mysteriously fail to update them. RSS feeds that don't update are not overly useful.

I finally concluded that if we wanted to import our library blogs into our (currently in demo) library Facebook page, we'd have to use Friendfeed instead. Only when I actually tried this out, it turns out that the Friendfeed application doesn't work on pages.

So I went trawling through Facebook's RSS applications again and (perhaps because this was a couple of months since I last tried) found one that seems to work: RSS-Connect(*). It looks clean, the display is reasonably customisable, and it works smoothly and intuitively to open/close items when clicked and take you through to the original item on demand. And most importantly, it really does update automatically - you even get to choose how often you want it to check for updates.

(*) There must be a way to get a link that shows you information about the app before forcing you to add it, but Facebook isn't intuitive to me and I haven't found it yet.

ETA 22/5/09 I can't recommend RSS-Connect, aka Social RSS, any more as it frequently loads either very slowly or (more often) not at all. This leaves me without a working RSS application again. Anyone know of anything, or want to create one?

ETA 17/7/09 RSS-Connect aka Social RSS is back in my good books with some caveats; see comments for more.