Facebook Launches Subscribe Button for Websites


Facebook announced the “subscribe” button along with other features, like improved friend listsa dedicated messenger app, and improved notifications earlier in September. The subscription feature works very similar to Twitter’s “Follow” feature. With this, users on Facebook can “subscribe” to anyone’s Facebook posts and read them, if that particular user has enable subscriptions. Facebook stated that the “Subscribe” option is intended to connect you with “interesting people you’re not friends with – like journalists, artists and political figures,”

In a similar fashion, Facebook announced the “Subscribe” button can now be integrated on websites and blogs. According to a post on the Facebook developer blog, the new subscribe button for websites’ functions exactly as the one present on Facebook.

Any user subscribing a website or a blog will see public posts appear in their News Feed. In addition to that, the new Subscribe action is also shared with friends of the subscriber, so anyone who sees that update will also be able to subscribe to someone’s public posts via their News Feed.

The Subscribe button is already live with several media partners, including The Daily Beast / Newsweek, Forbes.com, The Huffington Post, Ministry of Sound, msnbc.com, TIME.com, TODAY.com, and WashingtonPost.com.

Facebook Subscribe Button for Websites

For blog owners, the new feature will definitely bring in huge amount of traffic depending on the number of subscribers. The more the subscribers, the more traffic your blog will receive. It is that simple.

How to Add Subscribe Button on your Blog/Website

Just like the “like” and “share” button, users can easily add the “subscribe” button on their blog.

Use the following code for HTML5-compliant markup -

<div data-href="https://www.facebook.com/techiebuzz" data-width="450"></div>

The XFBML version uses the JavaScript SDK. To add the Subscribe Button copy the following codes and paste it in your website/blog’s theme:

<fb:subscribe href="https://www.facebook.com/techiebuzz" width="450"></fb:subscribe>

Make sure you replace the URL with your blog’s URL. To know more about how to add the Subscribe button on your blog, visit the official guide provided by Facebook.

Facebook has also started to roll out the Timeline feature for users in New Zealand. However, the worldwide release of the feature would take some time as the company is currently battling with the Chicago Company Timelines (timelines.com), since it has sued the social networking giant for using the word “timeline” for its new profile.

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Facebook Launches Subscribe Button for Websites originally appeared on Techie Buzz written by Joel Fernandes on Friday 9th December 2011 08:30:34 AM under Social Media. Please read the Terms of Use for fair usage guidance.

Facebook Launches Subscribe Button for Websites
Joel Fernandes
Fri, 09 Dec 2011 13:30:34 GMT

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