Facebook’s New “Subscribe” Feature Works Likes Twitter
Facebook users will soon see a new “Subscribe” option on some other people’s profiles. When clicking the button on a friend’s profile, users will have the option of subscribing to all, most, or only important updates the other person posts to the site. Those updates will show up in the user’s news feed.
To make things a bit more interesting, Facebook is also letting people subscribe to news feeds of users they’re not friends with. Upon doing so, they will see the public updates the person has shared on their profile. And like with friends, users will be able to determine how many of those updates they will see in their news feed.
If Facebook’s new subscription option sounds familiar, there’s good reason for that: it’s rather similar to Twitter. On Twitter, users have the ability to follow others, including those they don’t know, and see their public updates in their timeline. Now, with the subscribe button, users can do the same with Facebook.
What’s more, both services have similar privacy features. If users want to allow others to subscribe to their public updates, they will need to go to their Subscriptions Page and click “Allow Subscribers.” However, those who don’t want to share their updates can just ignore the setting, which stops a subscription option from being displayed. Twitter has a similar function in place, which allows users to protect their tweets and only share them with those they allow to see their updates.
You will be seeing this rolling out to all profiles over the next few days.
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