The Mis-Adventures in Technology of an Old Dog Learning New Tricks…


Mike Schroepfer, Vice President of Engineering at Facebook, spoke with Jason Kincaid at this morning’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference. The topic of the conversation focused on many of Facebook’s newest features, including the recently launched Friend Lists and “Subscribe” option, which lets users follow others’ public updates in a model very similar to Twitter and Google+.

This led, of course, to a discussion of how much “inspiration” Facebook drew from other sites. Is Google+ now influencing Facebook’s feature set?

The “Subscriptions” feature, in case you missed the news, addresses one of the biggest pain points for Facebook users who have a lot of friends, Jason blogged earlier today. It means that power users who want to follow the updates of public figures now have a way to do so, without having to submit a friend request to the person in question. It also provides a way for…

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