Facebook status feeds are totally, undeniably hosed

Well, it looks like I won't be able to aggregate my Facebook feeds in here any more. The fine folks at Facebook decided to alter the structure of their feeds, making them totally useless.

A valid RSS feed is made up of one or more items (corresponding to each of the latest blog posts, picture posts, etc.), and each item needs to have a valid url associated with it. This url is called the GUID element (Globally Unique Identifier). This is so that each feed item can be associated with a unique web page. You click on the GUID link, and you go to the unique page.

And now Facebook went and changed their status feeds so that a valid GUID isn't assigned to each item.

Take a look. Here's my Facebook status feed:

(If you're using Firefox you'll see a nicely formatted page. If you're using Google Chrome, you'll probably see an unformatted string of data. If you're using IE or Safari...well, good luck to you.)

Notice that every item in that list links to exactly the same place. Furthermore, if you click on any of those links, you can see that each one leads you to the same place - a generalized version of my Facebook status page. Not good at all.

What's the deal, Facebook? Care to explain your decision?



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