Facebook confirms ‘Subscribe’ plug-in for all websites

7 Dec 2011

Following the success of its ‘Like’ button and the recent introduction of ‘Subscribe’ for profiles, Facebook is going to launch a ‘Subscribe’ plug-in for web publishers.

A Facebook spokesperson told Siliconrepublic.com: “We will soon launch the Subscribe plug-in, an extension of the Subscribe button, that publishers and other developers can add to their websites to make it easy for people to connect to reporters and public figures in one click.

“We have no further details to share at this time,” the spokesperson said.

The ‘Like’ plug-in for websites was launched in April 2010 and by September 2010 more than 350,000 sites had installed the plug-in.

The ‘Subscribe’ button, which allow individual users on Facebook to build up a following, in the same way users build followers on Twitter to provide them with updates, was introduced in September alongside the overhauled News Feed.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years