Follow? No, Facebook to let users ‘subscribe’

NEW YORK (AP) ? In a nod to rival social networks, Facebook is letting its users “subscribe” to news from other members ? and even those they are not friends with.

Facebook said Wednesday that it is rolling out the “subscribe” button to users in the next few days. This will let people hear from Facebook users they don’t know personally ? such as celebrities or political figures.

But such public figures have already been using Facebook to send news to their fans by creating public pages. By clicking the “like” button on these pages, users can see the updates in their own news feed.

Only updates that users publicly share will be seen by subscribers, and Facebook says the feature is entirely optional. Twitter and Google Plus already have similar “follow” features.