No more room for Facebook friends? Now People Can Subscribe to Your Feed

Wow. Great news for those who have maxed out the 5000 friend limit on Facebook and can no longer get Friend Requests from new people in their lives. Facebook has just introduced a Subscribe Feature which will allow people to read your News Feed without being a Friend. Most of these people have Facebook “Fan” Pages, but I think people like to feel they are connecting with the Big Names on a more personal level. Move over Google+. Facebook isn’t quitting yet. You’re going to have to work harder to be at the top of this market.

You can use this Subscribe Button only if the Personal Profile of the person you would like to follow is turned on. But this will likely be something that most Public Figures will do post haste.

What Are the Facebook Subscription Options?

By subscribing to those you aren’t friends with you will get their News Updates in your Feed Stream along with that of those that are your friends. You can choose what you see in your News Feed by selecting one of 3 levels: Everything, Most Updates, or Only Important. Choosing Only Important is likely to filter out all but those posts which a large number of people have Liked or Commented on.

How Do You Find The Subscription Feature?

You can view this Button yourself by clicking on your Profile in Facebook. When you are on your Profile page you will see a new tab under your picture that says Subscribers.

Facebook Subscription Button on ProfileClicking on the Subscriptions Tab for the first time will take you to a screen with two options. You can just go ahead and jump in, or Learn More.

Facebook Subscribe Button

Common Questions Answered by Facebook

Why do all my friends have a ‘Subscribed’ button?

You’ve always been subscribed to your friends. With the Subscribe button, you can choose which of their updates you get.

Why don’t all profiles have a Subscribe button?

Only people who allow subscribers will have a Subscribe button on their profile. If you don’t see the button, you can’t subscribe.

How do people subscribe to my updates?

After you allow subscribers, a Subscribe button will show up on your profile. Your public updates will appear in people’s News Feeds once they click this button.

If I allow subscribers, what updates will they see?

Subscribers can see only the things you share publicly. They can also choose how many and what types of these public updates they get.

Facebook Subscription Options

You can choose to turn this feature On or Off at any time.

Facebook Subscription On Off Options

By subscribing to those you aren’t friends with you will get their News Updates in your Feed Stream along with that of those that are your friends. You can choose what you see in your News Feed by selecting one of 3 levels: Everything, Most Updates, or Only Important. Choosing Only Important is likely to filter out all but those posts which a large number of people have Liked or Commented on.

Facebook Subscription Subscriber Options

Once you have set up your Subscriber Options you will see another tab under your Profile picture that reads Subscribers. I’ll have to look around at some other Facebook Profiles to see if we can figure out what happens in these two tabs. So if you’d like to try it out and be part of the update on this article: Subscribe to Denise Sonnenberg on Facebook. Here’s the link to my Profile. http://www.facebook.com/denise.sonnenberg

Facebook Subscription Subscriber Tabs After OK

 

Here’s a screen shot from my dear friend Alison Stripling’s Personal Profile. As you can see she has an unsubscribe link at the bottom of the links on the left hand side of her profile. According to Facebook, we will all now have these links and we can choose to unsubscribe from the News Feed of any of our friends at any time.

And here is a link to Mari Smith‘s post on Google+ about this subject. A couple excerpts that I missed above (Mari always has the full story):

•Public posts were previously posts made to “Everyone” which was a setting that has been around for some time. Facebook only changed the terminology recently.

•You can hover over the Subscribed button and fine-tune what types of updates you see in your News Feed from each person.

•You can subscribe to receive the public updates in your News Feed of up to 5,000 non-friends that have allowed subscriptions on their personal profile.

https://plus.google.com/112707199408484711520/posts/aDtVaQVhMrR

Let me know what you think about this new Facebook Subscription choice. Will you activate yours? And let me know if you have discovered anything else new and interesting about this change.

About Denise Sonnenberg

Denise Sonnenberg is the Social Media Dot Connector, coaching you to Connect with Your Target Audience by developing your Social Media Marketing Strategy.

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