Have you ever thought to yourself, “This is a fabulous Facebook fan page. I WISH there were more just like it?” And, although Facebook has a function where they’ll show you some related/similar pages every now and again, this is not a feature that’s served up regularly or predictably.
Well, my friend, I have the solution for you! Okay, it’s a bit of a social media “hack”, but it works.
I can’t guarantee that this will work forever since the programming structure of Facebook fanpages could change at any minute. Also, there’s a wee little bit of code here. Don’t be afraid. Hum your favorite mantra and follow the simple steps. You’ll quickly find yourself basking in the warm glow of fan page nirvana.
Log in to Facebook and find a really great fan page.
View the source code of the page.
This isn’t as straight forward as it should be, because every browser seems to do it differently. PC users, first try to right-click on the browser’s page and select “View Source” or “View Page Source”. Mac users, control-click on the page and make the same selection. If you take this step and you don’t have “View Source” as one of your selections, the browser might be hiding that function up in the “View” menu. Chrome even goes so far as to hide it further under “View” and then further under the sub-menu “Developer”. Once you figure out how to view the source code, you’re ready for the next step….
Those feint-of-heart people who took one look at the Google source code and ran out of the room screaming ….. well, we wish them luck. Because you’re still reading this, you’re a trooper and will be granted riches beyond your wildest dreams. Stay with me.
Next, on this page, do a “find.” Again, every browser may do this slightly differently but once you figure it out, you’re golden. The typical short cut on a PC is “Ctrl-F” and a Mac is “Cmd-F”. If that doesn’t work, look up in the browser’s “Edit” Menu.
Search the sourcecode for “page/?id”.
If you go to my fanpage, and do this, you’ll see highlighted, in the top 50-ish lines of code, something that looks like this;
Notice there’s a long number right after the equal sign. Mine is 171688969508364.
Copy that number or write it down. This is the fan page’s Facebook ID number. More >>