Facebook extends their subscribe button option for websites

Facebook has launched a subscribe button plugin for websites so you can now see updates from site contributors on your news feed.

This new feature is similar to Twitter’s ‘follow’ button. So, instead of just giving your site visitors the option to ‘like’ or ‘recommend’ a post you can now install the plugin to allow people to receive public updates from a contributor without being ‘friends’ with them on the social network.

In September, Facebook launched the subscribe button to allow people to see updates tagged as public from people without being in their ‘friends’ list.

This move was an obvious attempt at competing with the circles function on Google Plus (Google+).

Stoyan Stefanov, one of Facebook’s developers, said, “We’re launching the subscribe button for websites, a social plugin any site can add to give visitors the option to subscribe to contributors in one click.

“The Subscribe button for websites works just ‘like’ the button on Facebook; once clicked the user will begin seeing the public posts of the person they have subscribed to in his or her News Feed.

“The subscribe action is also shared – allowing others to subscribe directly via the News Feed stories, and further increasing viral distribution. Similar to the Like button, the Subscribe button can be easily added using XFBML or an iframe.”

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Customise your Facebook news feed

You can now also customise what updates you see from friends or people you’ve subscribed to.

Simply hover over the friends or subscribe tab on their page and choose what you want to see; you can hide all game updates, just see photos or limit updates to life events and more.


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