January 18, 2022

Facebook Releases Several New Features (Roundup)

1. “Introducing the Subscribe Button” (via Facebook Blog)

With the Subscribe button, we’re making it 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

2. “Facebook Adds “Subscribe” Button, Other News Feed Options (by Pam Parker, Search Engine Land)

There’s no limit to how many subscribers a person can have, meaning the change helps overcome the criticism that Facebook has gotten for having a 5000 friend maximum. To take advantage of this, users need to change their settings to allow subscribers at facebook.com/about/subscriptions.

2. “Facebook Takes Lesson from Google+, Revamps Friends Lists”  (via PC World)

Facebook began rolling out smart friend lists to users, in what is seen as a response to Google+ circles. The new tool makes it easier for you to group Facebook friends into categories such as close friends, acquaintances, or work colleagues, and it should be live for most users by the end of the week, Facebook said in a blog post.

Some of the new smart lists on Facebook will be automatically created, including work, school, family, and city (based on your location). You will be able to add or remove friends from these lists manually, as well as create your own lists, such as close friends and acquaintances. As with Google+, each list will have its own news feed, too.

4. “You No Longer Need 25 Fans To Get A Custom Page URL” (via AllFacebook.com)

5. “Facebook puts more privacy controls on Android app” (via ITBusiness.ca)

and in Other Facebook News

6.  Test Shows How Your Facebook Page Posts Were Shared (via AllFacebook.com)

7. “Facebook Hacking Tool Clones Other People’s Friends, Steals Their Profiles” (via SecurityNews Daily)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.