Facebook's 'subscribe' takes pain out of online stalking

Facebook is testing a feature that makes it easier to follow a single person's activity. Will it become a stalker's best friend?

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Then there are the macro issues. I can easily see this turning Facebook into even more of a marketer/spammer's haven, similar to what happened with Twitter. It also seems like yet another way for the raging narcissists of the InterWebs to compete by seeing who gathers the most subscribers. Ee-yuck.

But the real key here -- assuming Facebook decides to roll out the 'subscribe to' feature to all users -- is what the default settings will be. Will Facebook once again decide that "sharing is the social norm" and force users who don't want to participate to opt out, or will they be smart this time and just let the narcissists and spammers who want this feature opt in for themselves?

I and my those Florida supermodels eagerly await their response.

ITworld TY4NS blogger Dan Tynan would stalk you on Facebook, but first he needs to take a nap. Catch his brand of juvenile snark at eSarcasm (Geek Humor Gone Wild) or follow him on Twitter: @tynan_on_tech.

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