This could make Facebook more attractive as a news reader, a way Facebook has encouraged users to use the service in the past, and a functionality that is probably more often associated with Twitter, though the capabilities are clearly both there with either service. Notifications of updates would only enhance Facebook for this purpose.
O’Neill shows a screenshot, which shows a simple link to subscribe to a user under their profile picture, and an update from that person appearing in the notifications along with all the other ones.
Keep in mind, this is just a feature they’re testing, and it’s possible that it won’t ever become available, but I can’t see too many downsides to it as long as users have to opt in to subscriptions.
Facebook also announced that users will soon have a new way to control their accounts, with a remote log-out feature (pictured above). Users will be about to log out of any Facebook session from another computer or device. More on that here.
Facebook is testing a feature that lets users “subscribe” to other users. Nick O’Neill at AllFacebook shares an official statement from Facebook: “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).”