But those days are over now. If you watch whom you connecting with, and still care about the people who interested in hearing more from you, you may find Facebook's Follow feature is the best solution available right now. Instead of sending and awaiting for their friend requests to be approved, they can get your public updates immediately in their news feed.
We have already covered the topic on how you can let anyone follow your updates on Facebook. Hence I don't think we should be talking about this feature all over again.
Now here I'm gonna talk about extending this feature out of Facebook - to the web. Especially if you manage a blog or website.
Facebook has a social plugin reserved for this exact feature - Facebook Follow Button.
Hmm... You may have known it as Subscribe button. Then Facebook wanted to name it as Follow to resonate better with people.
"We are updating the Subscribe button to become the Follow button, because we found it is a term that resonates better with people who use Facebook. No change is required to your code. All apps will automatically be migrated to the new button."
Are you ready to invite people whom want to hear more from you? Let's take a look how you can implement the Follow button.
Before You Go:
* The XFBML markup of this plugin may not support earlier versions of Internet Explorer. In order to enhance compatibility with older Internet Explorer versions, add below XML namespace to your root HTML tag.
i.e: <html b:version='2' ..... xmlns:fb="http://ogp.me/ns/fb#">
Standard Layout Style
Button Count Layout Style
Box Count Layout Style
Color Indication Information:
- URL of Your Facebook Profile
This is the URL of your Facebook profile - i.e: https://www.facebook.com/MayuraDeSilva
- Width of Follow Plugin
Specify the width of your follow plugin here in pixels.
- Enable / Disable Showing Faces of Followers
If you wish to show faces of your current followers underneath the button, then assign true here. Else use false here.
- Color Scheme of Plugin
Either you can specify dark for dark color scheme, or light for default color scheme.
- Font Family
You can specify the font family to be used in Follow plugin. You can leave it blank if you wish it to use the default font family.