Here's how it works: with the click of a button, you can receive instant updates from friends, celebrities, and public figures who want to share their thoughts with the the world.
The "subscribe" button, Facebook's most recent invention (besides its expected $10 billion IPO), is as close to a Twitter feed as you can get. But like Microsoft in the 90's, Facebook is capable of taking someone else's idea, relabeling it, and making it accessible to everyone.
You've always been subscribed to your friends: whenever one of them changes their status or posts a photo, it automatically pops up on your news feed. But with Facebook limiting personal accounts to five thousand friends (Angelina Jolie still hasn't accepted my friend request or my numerous phone calls), it can be difficult to keep track of your favorite athletes, movie stars, journalists, and web personalities. By clicking "subscribe," your news feed keeps you updated with any news they feel compelled to share.
While the computing power of Facebook allows its users to share more photos, links, and info than its compeTwitters (not to mention its newly-upped character limit of 63,206), the subscription service is new, and only a handful of celebrities are taking advantage. With its unequaled Facebook stalking skills, the Joonbug staff has compiled the Best Facebook Subscriptions thus far.
While you'll have to search by his given name, Snoop hopped on to subscripsizzles early on. Regular shout outs to his homies and 420 make up the majority of his statuses.
The Queen of Blogs provides instant updates about the Huffington Post, as well as links to her favorite stories of the day.
CNN's dreamboat doesn't only provide links to his own work. He also regularly promotes the best writers without Facebook pages. (Wake up, Paul Krugman. It's 2011.)
The Boston Celtics star is nothing short of a Facebook sensation. Withover 3.5 million subscribers and dozens of online impersonators, Rajon Rondo keeps his fans happy with regular updates, photos, and links to special giveaways. And while NBA fans are rejoicing about the end of the lockout, his subscribes are hoping he won't stop updating his status.
The director of the Hayden Planetarium and Colbert regular has more fans than your average scientist. Using his vast knowledge and accessible language ("Course title every university should offer: 'How to Tell When Everyone is Full of Shit'"), Neil DeGrasse Tyson makes physics fun again.
The bad boy of Silicon Valley might be best known as Justin Timberlake's character in The Social Network, but the Napster and Spotify creator is also a tech news junkie. Expect updates, analysis, and lots of Sean Parker quoting himself.
Gleeks have to be impressed. Lea Michele is one of the hardest working women in show business, and gives her fans above-average access: photos of her cast, her concerts, and her horse regularly pop up in her Facebook feed.
If you use social media (and we hope you do, otherwise we're wondering why you're still reading), Pete Cashmore is a guy you want to know. As the head of Mashable, his statuses are constantly streaming the latest news on all things tech. He's prolific, too -- expect between 5 and 6 items per day.
Remember Blink-182? We're sorry. But the passage of time hasn't slowed down Mark Hoppus, who hosts a weekly show on Fuse TV, in which he jams through the music world. The bassist and front man is also still making music with the band, and provides up-to-the-minute updates about videos, tours, and performances.
The reason we're talking about this at all. Facebook's creator talks the talk, and statuses...the status. His subscribers are regularly ahead of the curve on Facebook design, news, and privacy info. And who knows? If you play your cards right, you might be able to count history's youngest billionaire as your friend.