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Facebook debuts Subscribe button for websites

December 8, 2011 |  1:57 pm


Facebook has launched a Subscribe button for websites, making it possible for users to subscribe to updates from their favorite journalists and other public figures without leaving their sites. 

The company said the plug-in -- which is already live on sites including All Things D, the Huffington Post and the Washington Post -- would give publishers and other developers another way to gain subscribers, connect with readers and drive traffic to their Facebook profiles.

In a Facebook blog post Thursday, the company said once a user clicks a Subscribe button, the public posts of the person they have subscribed to will begin appearing in the user's News Feed. 

"The subscribe action is also shared -- allowing others to subscribe directly via the News Feed stories, and further increasing viral distribution," the post said.

Facebook first launched a Subscribe button in September for people who wanted to share their public updates with more than just friends. 


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Image: Screen shot of the All Things Digital blog, with Subscribe buttons below the names of its journalists. Credit: Facebook