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:
- Choose what you see from people in News Feed
- Hear from people, even if you’re not friends
- Let people hear from you, even if you’re not friends
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.
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.
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