Facebook’s latest changes. What do they mean for you?
From today there are 3 exciting new features on Facebook!
The “game” just got a whole lot more interesting and all day I have had a steady flow of “subscribers”.
Firstly the simple change. We can now see who has shared our posts and track the conversations going on about them.
There is a “View 1 share” button just to the right of our posts.
Not so much excitement here but of course nice to know who is sharing your conetent and what people are saying about it.
Secondly though Facebook users now have a button at the top of their profile that says ‘Subscribe’.
Click on that button , and you’ll start seeing that user’s status updates in your News Feed, just as if you were their Facebook friend. The big difference is that unlike normal Facebook friends, the people you subscribe to don’t have to approve your friend request, and there’s no limit on how many people can subscribe to any given user. It is going to be very interesting who gets subscribed to the most, but unlike Google+ andit appears that this will not be public. Not yet anyway. For those of you familiar with Google+ you will understand that whilst you can “circle” 5,000 people (like the Facebook friend limit), an unlimited number of people can circle you.
To start sharing your own posts publicly, head to the new tab beneath your profile photo that says Subscriptions. Click it, and you’ll have the option to broadcast your public updates to anyone who has subscribed to you. Note that you’ll only syndicate options that are marked Public; updates shared with Friend Lists won’t be seen by your subscribers.
Even when we “remove a friend” we can click saying we still want them to see our updates and unless they unsubscribe they still will. I removed a friend today and they have remained on my list of subscribers. Great!
If you have your profile settings completely open anyone who is not your friend will still be able to comment on your updates as well.
By “open” I mean fully open unrestricted access to the world.. I have used this setting ever since I began Facebook 3 years ago and it has worked fine.
Thirdly, in addition to Subscriptions, Facebook is also making it easier to tweak the amount and types of content that show up in your News Feed. Now, when you’re viewing a user’s profile, you’ll be able to hit a button and choose from three subscription settings:
Everything, Most or Important.
You’ll also be able to choose what kinds of content you want to see (for example, you could opt to block all game-related updates from one of your friends, but keep their photo updates).
This is an interesting take on Google+.
Google+ has a one-way friending system, where anyone can start following anyone else, without requiring their approval. It also borrows from .
Twitter popularized one-way following in the first place.
As with Google+ the new sharing tracking feature allows us to see conversations that have sprouted up about our content but unless those people are our friends or have their settings open we are unable to comment.
I love changes and innovations like this. Are Facebook trying to be everything to everyone though?