Facebook to Shut Off Automatic Feed Syndication in Notes App


By Chelsea Prince Comment

For people who want to syndicate published work to Facebook, the company has for years offered a Notes application that included a feature to automatically import RSS feeds from other sites. But now the company is telling users that it is removing the auto-posting feature on November 22nd, and directing them to instead to “post links on your Wall.”

Third-party syndication app providers, like NetworkedBlogs, Hootsuite and Tweetdeck remain as options for syndicating content automatically to Facebook. However, the evidence suggests that auto-posting results in significantly lower engagement. This change is likely an effort by Facebook to get users and Page owners customizing the text and images around links to best fit the Facebook audience.

Previously, Facebook had offered a simple way to sync blogs through the Notes settings. Users clicked the “Applications” menu, chose “Notes,” and under “Notes Settings,” clicked on “Import a blog,” and typed in the URL. Then feeds of blog posts or Tweets or other information contained in the RSS feed was automatically republished to Facebook.

There aren’t any other known changes to the Notes app, and users can still write individual notes.

[Thanks to Eti Suruzon for the tip.]