Facebook Subscribe button launched, to follow public updates in news feeds without becoming friends

By on Sep 15, 2011 in Internet, Technology, World Comments

Updated: September 21, 2011 7:13 p.m.

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Facebook launched on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 a Subscribe button where users can follow public updates in news feeds from other users even without becoming friends with them.

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As noted by Facebook on its official blog, users will now be able to have more control over their Facebook accounts and their News Feeds as well.

With the Facebook Subscribe button, users can get updates from people they are not friends with such as journalists, artists, celebrities, political figures, among others.

This means that Facebook users can choose what they want to see from other users, as well to be able to let others know their updates even if those users are not among listed as their friends.

Therefore, people who want to know a user’s update can also subscribe to him or her is also possible but is only an option depending on his or her profile setting.

Likewise, Facebook users can hide some things that they do not want the public to see or allow only their friends to see them.

Nevertheless, users who turn on their Subscribe button can also decide who can comment and what notifications they get. A Subscribers tab will be available on each profile, where the user can see who subscribes to him.

As of this writing, Facebook did not announce the exact date the Subscribe button will be available but Facebook software engineer Zach Rait wrote that it will be out in the next few days.

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