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    Facebook Launches Subscribe Button

    Facebook is not just for friends anymore, folks! Today they released a "Subscribe" Button (pictured below) which allows you to follow someone's public updates without the hassle of friendship requests. This is similar to Twitter's Follow feature in that it does not require a reciprocal relationship.



    Has anyone "Subscribed" to someone's Facebook updates yet? What do you think of the new feature? Predictions for the future??

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    That seems confusing to me - what is the difference between subscribe, friend, follow?
    Facebook sure has been making a lot of changes lately! (More than usual, anyhow.)
    Shari McConahay


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    I agree Shari. The different options are starting to become a little crossed for me. Is this a helpful feature or does it just make Facebook a little bit more complex? Seems like this too is in response to Google+

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shari McConahay View Post
    That seems confusing to me - what is the difference between subscribe, friend, follow?
    Facebook sure has been making a lot of changes lately! (More than usual, anyhow.)
    It can definitely get confusing! I tend to think of the "subscribe" button being for you to receive the status updates of people who wouldn't necessarily accept your friend request - i.e. celebrities, politicians, etc. I would say this feature is more closely modeled after Twitter in this respect, but Facebook has definitely been implementing features to compete with Google+ lately as well.

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    After reading it over a few times, I think I get it. It also helps to read Mari Smith's article about it: https://plus.google.com/112707199408484711520/posts/aDtVaQVhMrR

    She is so great.
    Shari McConahay


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    Great article, Shari. Thanks for sharing, it does clear some things up. I wonder what influence this will have on the upcoming election.

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    This article also clears up how different types of people can use the subscribe button: http://mashable.com/2011/09/15/faceb...bscribe-users/

    I hadn't thought about the teacher/student role until I read that. Seems like a great idea, students can subscribe to the teacher's facebook page and get homework reminders right from their Facebook procrastination news feed!

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    Thank you for sharing the Mashable article Mikhaila. That definitely cleared up some questions for me!

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