Facebook has added a new ‘subscribe’ feature to its comments box plugin, allowing users to easily follow comments that are made by other users who have enabled subscribers. This feature has been well received by most Facebook users, and is likely to grow in the future through the continual evolution of the Facebook subscribe button.
“Today we launched a ‘Subscribe’ link in the Comments Box plugin to give people the ability to subscribe to commenters in one click, and give commenters another way to grow their Subscriptions base,” read the official Facebook launch post.
According to InsideFacebook, this new feature will “encourage civil discussion”, with people able to attract more subscribers through the use of intelligent comments and community interaction. In a sense, it will create a tighter link between individual comments and the reputation of the person who made them, in theory at least.
By allowing active commenters a greater opportunity to attract new subscribers, Facebook are hoping to create a healthier, more engaged, and more responsible community.
With these new changes, anyone who allows people to subscribe to them will have a subscribe button placed next to their name on their Comments Box. A subscriber count is also displayed in some situations, with users able to select the volume and types of updates that they receive.