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FB Testing Stalker Button

Discussion in 'FaceBook' started by The Scarlet Pimp, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2008
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    Chair moistener.
    Facebook is apparently testing a new subscription feature that would allow users to receive alerts any time a specific friend takes certain actions on the social network.

    AllFacebook reports that it has noticed the new feature popping up on friends? profiles. Facebook (Facebook) told the blog, ?This feature is being tested with a small percent of users. It lets people subscribe to friends and pages to receive notifications whenever the person they?ve subscribed to updates their status or posts new content (photos, videos, links or notes).?

    In other words, when you click to subscribe to a user, you?ll get a new Facebook notification in your notifications bar at the top of the site or on the mobile device of your choosing any time that other user posts content.

    We?re not sure yet if you can subscribe to someone who?s not a friend, which is much more stalker-like, or if notifications include likes and comments (right now, it sounds like they won?t).

    If Facebook thinks subscriptions are a useful for the majority of average users, people who might want to get special notifications for family members? or loved ones? activities, they?re also potentially damaging if rolled out to jealous ?frenemies,? vindictive exes or nosy bosses.
  2. Megalomaniac Midget

    Megalomaniac Midget Power Member Premium Member

    Oct 1, 2009
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    Its got nothing to do with stalking, thats a miss direction...its really a new element of a spam filter.

    There are two elements to building a algo for a "attack" resistant social network, thats hard to game.

    Verified by site & certified by others = friendrank
  3. matsta

    matsta Power Member

    Oct 12, 2008
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    Trust Mashable to 'mash' that into some viral BS title to get traffic to their shitty blog.

    Yes you can tell I F*cking hate Mashable...
  4. phph5

    phph5 Regular Member

    Aug 7, 2010
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    This new feature would be quite useful for valuable pages as it's getting harder and harder to reach fans with status updates, because small targeted pages can't compete with big pages gettings tons of comments/likes. Now at least your "true" subscribed fans will be notified once you post new content.