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Really: Facebook Testing 'Follow This User' Feature

Facebook is a busy place. You go to sleep and when you wake up, your news feed is filled with hundreds of stories from friends who have uploaded pictures, updated their statuses and written on each other's walls. A lot of the time, sifting through all the Farmville and "What's Your Tattoo?" quiz posts is too much work and its easier to forget about it all. However, a new feature from Facebook is endeavoring to make sure you never miss updates from the important people.

AllFacebook reports that Facebook is testing a 'Subcribe to [name]' feature that allows users to follow all the actions of a Facebook user. Anytime the user changes their status, uploads new photos or videos, or posts a link, you'll receive a notification about it.

Facebook says they're testing this feature out on a small percentage of users and confirmed to AF that it lets you subscribe to friends and pages to receive notifications whenever the person updates their status or posts new content.

Do you have this feature? Do you want this feature? It could be useful for people with a lot of Facebook friends as it would allow them to keep up with their close friends and family without feeling like they have to go through their entire news feed or visit each friend's page individually. I'm wondering if Facebook will tell you how many people are subscribed to you.

Source: AllFacebook

  • randomizer
    I am insecure. I must, at all times, be informed about what every person on earth is doing. Heaven forbid I miss a person's status change!!!
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  • Stryter
    The South Park Facebook episode is looking more real every day.
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  • furylicious
    Wow, that is a really creepy thing to add to facebook. Didn't Zuckerberg go through all that hell about privacy? LOL, congratulations on a complete failure to notice the obvious. And in the wise words of Zuckerberg himself, what a bunch of "dumb f**ks".
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  • nightcrawl3r
    Facebook is getting insecure day by day. I am thinking of deleting my account....
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  • Supertrek32
    furyliciousWow, that is a really creepy thing to add to facebook. Didn't Zuckerberg go through all that hell about privacy? LOL, congratulations on a complete failure to notice the obvious. And in the wise words of Zuckerberg himself, what a bunch of "dumb f**ks".You seem to be confused. This feature isn't giving you any more access to a user's information. It only prioritizes theirs above others.

    I think it's a great feature. It'll let a user keep track of close friends easily without being forced to remove not-so-close friends to do so. It's really just the facebook-equivalent of gmail's recent email prioritization scheme.
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  • Caffeinecarl
    Why in hell do I want to be notified when everybody I know goes to work, comes home or is sitting down watching some TV?
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  • Caffeinecarl
    supertrek32You seem to be confused. This feature isn't giving you any more access to a user's information. It only prioritizes theirs above others.I think it's a great feature. It'll let a user keep track of close friends easily without being forced to remove not-so-close friends to do so. It's really just the facebook-equivalent of gmail's recent email prioritization scheme.If prioritizing people is all that important, use the hide feature. This seems to be a product of the facebook department of redundancy department.
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  • eddieroolz
    So Facebook is Twitter, pretty much.

    But Facebook implementation fails at it.
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  • randomizer
    nightcrawl3rFacebook is getting insecure day by day. I am thinking of deleting my account....I think you mean "disabling." Deletion is asking for a bit much.
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  • austinseven
    randomizerI think you mean "disabling." Deletion is asking for a bit much.
    I think -you- mean "Deactivating" it.
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