Sunday, August 12, 2007

Getting data out of Facebook: Broadcast your Facebook status as RSS

There has been a fair amount of talk lately about the "walled garden" nature of Facebook.  It is, as some have said, the data roach motel...your data goes in, but it never comes out.  For the most part, that's a valid criticism. 

The first hack I've seen for getting data out of the roach motel is over at the "Internet Duct Tape" blog.  Facebook apparently provides an RSS feed for your status, but it's not easy to find and it's not formatted well.  This hack will help you find your status feed, wash it through Yahoo Pipes for formatting reason and come out with a RSS feed that can be added to Twitter or a blog side bar.

It's pretty slick and the first method I've seen for getting anything out of Facebook.


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