Facebook 'Subscribe' Button for Websites Unveiled

Facebook has dished out its ‘Subscribe' button for websites, allowing users to get updates from journalists directly to their News Feed.

Before this, users will were only allowed to ‘Like' and ‘Recommend' the articles they found interesting on any website. But now, users will be able to subscribe directly to the content posted by their favourite journalists and get the content to their News Feed.

The button has started appearing on popular websites like WashingtonPost.com, The Huffington Post, Forbes.com, and Newsweek and more are expected to use the button as its popularity grows. The Facebook ‘Subscribe' button is free for anyone to use on their websites.

"The Subscribe button for websites works just like the button on Facebook; once clicked the user will begin seeing the public posts of the person they have subscribed to in his or her News Feed," Facebook developer Stoyan Stefanov wrote in a blog post.

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

Facebook has revealed that the Subscribe button can be added to a website using XFBML or an iframe.