What is this new ‘subscribe to’ feature in Facebook?

Osama Javaid November 16, 2011

I can’t understand the new ‘subscribe to’ feature in Facebook. What is this actually?

  1. Jay
    November 17, 2011 at 2:34 am

    in one line :
    subscribe button is the follow button on facebook who is trying to run their own twitter.
    like google has +1 and facebook has like,
    twitter has follow button and facebook has susbcribe.
    it rhymes !

    as twitter is for celebrities, facebook introduced subscribe for overcoming the 5000 friends limit for celebs on facebook.

    So, if you do not want to add everyone to your friend list, and you still want to share things with the entire world by your public updates.

    facebook will suggest you to other people like facebook suggested others to you.
    here are some suggestions :https://www.facebook.com/subscriptions/suggestions
    sonu nigam is there :)

    so you can either subscribe to people or allow subscribers. if you want to connect more people than you have in your list. this feature is useful to you.

    how to allow subscribers or manage subscritions: go to profile, see the last option below your profile picture.
    you will see the option to allow and subscribe.

    if you allow your public update and activities will be shown to those who have subscribed to your profile.

    you can choose level of subscription.
    you will see your subscriptions and friend subscriptions.
    yes you are already subscribed to your friends, unless you chose to hide all by an annoying friend, you can manage such subscrition here,
    ti hide or limit the updates from friends or increase it by selecting all updates.
    same thing applies to subscribed people who are not your friends.

    and if you were the member of mark zuckerberg's page, you are already subscribed to him.
    I think he is the most subscribed person on facebook, because he converted all his page member to subscribers.

    Did this help, or you need more info or have any questions ?

  2. jhpot
    November 17, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Facebook, traditionally, is based on a two-way connection. You need to be someone's friend to add their updates to your news feed, meaning the other person needs to acknowledge your friendship back.

    The subscribe feature is different. Basically: you can see what people are posting without them "friending" you back. It's like Twitter: you follow people, and see their updates regardless of whether they follow you back.

    Is it a privacy violation? Probably.

    • Jay
      November 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      but it's up to you, whether you want to allow subscribers or not, subscribing to others without allowing subscribers is also possible.
      if one chooses to share something with whole world and going public by choice, then it is not privacy violation, i think.

  3. Jeff
    November 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Osama,

    "With the Subscribe button, you can choose which of their updates you get." (from Facebook) This will display your updates on the "News Feed" section, to all of your subscribers.

    - Jeff