how to enable Facebook subscriptions

Have you ever wanted to share some of your Facebook statuses and links with more people—without having to actually friend them?  Ever wished you didn’t have to set up a Facebook page or separate profile to have a public presence on Facebook?  Facebook’s new “Subscribe” feature makes that easy as can be!

How to Allow Subscribers:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Allow Subscribers”:
  3. Choose your options:
  4. Spread the word that your Facebook profile is open for subscriptions.

How Can People Subscribe to Me?

Tell them to visit your Facebook profile and click the “Subscribe” button.
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How to Edit Subscribers Settings or Turn Off Subscribers:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the “Edit Settings” button:
  3. If you don’t want to allow people to subscribe to your updates any more, change the drop-down to “off”.  Otherwise, change your other settings and click “Okay.”
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How to See Who Is Subscribed to You:

  1. Go to
  2. You can choose to view your public subscribers vs. your friends:
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How to Change What Your Subscribers See by Default:

  1. Choose your default privacy level.  Make it public if you want all your likes, etc. to automatically be public to all your subscribers.  Make it Friends if you want to choose which likes, links, and statuses are public to your subscribers.
Ready to purge your friends list?

No problem.  Anyone you un-friend from now on will automatically become your subscriber.  They can still see your public updates along with the rest of your subscribers.  (They’ll have the option to unsubscribe at any time if they want.)

Have a Facebook “fan” page you’re tired of maintaining separately?

Good news!  Facebook will soon allow you to merge your fan page back into your personal profile, and all your “fans” will automatically become “subscribers.”  (Only downside is that you lose any current page content.)

Want to read more about the new “Subscribe” feature?

(Tomorrow I’ll share why I’m actually not planning to enable Facebook subscriptions on my profile.)

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