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Facebook tells Google+, Twitter to bring-it-on with new ‘subscribe’ button

Don’t you just like competitions? Sometimes it makes us bury our heads in the sand, at other times, it just brings out the best in each of us. For Social Media, the latter seems to be the case as Facebook appears to be offering the best of all possible worlds. Haven’t you noticed the new Googlish features on Facebook – photo display, for one?

Until now, it hasn’t been easy to choose exactly what you see in your News Feed. Maybe you like me, it is not every time I want to know what you had for lunch on Facebook, for example. Or maybe you’d like to see more stories from your best friends, and fewer from your coworkers.

Wouldn’t you like to hear directly from people you’re interested in but don’t know personally—like celebs, artists and political figures? Like it is on Twitter and Google+?

With the new Facebook Subscribe button, it is becoming easier to do both. In the next few days, you’ll start seeing this button on friends’ and others’ profiles. You can use it to:

  1. Choose what you see from people in News Feed.
  2. Hear from people, even if you’re not friends.
  3. Let people hear from you, even if you’re not friends.

Choose What You See in News Feed

You’re already getting your friends’ posts in News Feed. With the Subscribed button, you can choose how much you see from them:

  • All updates: Everything your friend posts.
  • Most updates: The amount you’d normally see.
  • Important updates only: Just highlights, like a new job or move .

You can also decide what types of updates you see. For example, you could see just photos from one friend, no stories about lunch from another, and nothing at all from someone else.

Facebook tells Google+, Twitter to bring-it-on with new 'subscribe' button

Choosing what you see is optional. If you don’t want to change what you see from someone, just ignore the button.

Subscribe to Interesting People

If you see a Subscribe button on your favorite celeb’s profile, this means you can subscribe. Just click the button to get their public updates right in your News Feed. With this you can know, for instance, what Tinsel’s Gideon Okeke, has been up to lately. You don’t even have to be friends with the guy on Facebook.

Subscribe to Interesting People

Subscribe to Interesting People

Just like with friends, you can choose how many and what types of updates you see after you’ve subscribed.

Get Your Own Subscribers

If you’d like to share your public updates with more than just friends, you can get a Subscribe button on your profile, too. People who subscribe to you will get posts you set as “Public” in their News Feeds. This is an entirely optional feature – you need to opt in.

Get Your Own Subscribers

Get Your Own Subscribers

To let people subscribe, go to the Subscriptions Page and click Allow Subscribers.

What do you think about this new feature? Let’s know by dropping a line of comment.