Import Your Blog via RSS into Facebook

Facebook has a nice RSS publishing feature that lets you reproduce your blog in the Notes part of your profile. Your blog updates will also appear on your Wall, alerting friends that you have something new to read. It’s not always obvious how to set up or change your RSS settings, so here’s how you do it.

On most Facebook locations (home, profile, feed, etc) you have a left hand menu with a Notes link – click on this.

Now choose any of your existing notes and select ‘View Full Note

Under the Subscribe menu on the left hand side click on ‘Edit Import Settings

(The shortcut to all of these is to go direct to http://www.facebook.com/editnotes.php)

The ‘Import a Blog’ page will tell you if you are already importing an external blog to your notes. If you have a feed imported and want to cancel this, just select Stop Importing.

Or, if you want to import a new blog you can type in the name of the RSS/Atom feed for that blog. You’ll need to check a box to confirm you have the right to have Facebook reproduce the content.

I went through this recently as I was turning off the feed from my infinite42 blog into my profile page. It worked perfectly. My blog is still imported into the infinite42 Facebook Page and I think this provides a more appropriate location for readers to access my posts.

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