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Jun 5, 2009

Get Facebook Status Updates Via Text Message

For those of you who can't get enough of your friends' daily activities, Facebook on Thursday unveiled a new feature that will let you receive their status updates via text message.

Will your phone be constantly buzzing every time one of your 500+ friends updates their status? Thankfully, no. The service lets you pick and choose the friends from which you want text-based updates. You can also comment on their status by replying to the text.

Facebook is adding a "Subscribe via SMS" button to everyone's profiles. If you want text updates, click the link. If you have already enabled Facebook Mobile on your phone, the texts will start after you confirm your subscription. Otherwise, Facebook will walk you through installing the mobile app.

If a friend's updates become tedious, you can reply with "unsubscribe", go back to the person's profile and click "unsubscribe" or edit your text settings from the mobile app.

The service is rolling out now in 18 countries, including the U.S., U.K., South Africa, Indonesia and New Zealand.

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