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Facebook debuts Subscribe button for websites

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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.

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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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-- Andrea Chang


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