The Guardian asks the network's head of engineering if it is moving too slowly, despite the improved friends lists and subscribe button.

This article titled “Is Facebook playing catchup with Google+ and Twitter?” was written by Josh Halliday, for guardian.co.uk on

Friday 16th September 2011 16.39 UTC

Facebook appears to be on the back foot. Within 48 hours, the 750m-user site has unveiled two new features aimed – it is said – squarely at Google+ and Twitter.

The social network on Tuesday launched improved friends lists (seen as a tacit admission that Google+ got it right when it comes to organising your friends) and on Wednesday unveiled the subscribe button, allowing people to follow others without befriending them.

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