Facebook Brings More features to The “Like” Button
By on February 28th, 2011

Facebook is all set to change the way users share content and links using the Likeand Sharebuttons. The sharing functionality of Facebook’s like button has been slightly overhauled which might trigger a retiring door for Facebook’s share button.

Before this update, the Likebutton was kind of a recommendation while the share button was Sharingin it’s true sense. Liking a webpage would post a mini update on your Facebook profile while sharing a webpage would bring additional details e.g thumbnails, excerpt, personal comments and so on.

The newer update rolled by Facebook changes how the Likedstory is shared on your Facebook profile or news feed. Unlike before, a thumbnail and excerpt is returned, an example is shown below:

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The next major update is that now users can Likeupdates within a Facebook application. You can Likeand share content or updates from an application which your friend is using, hence expect some heavyweight Facebook liking cluttering up your News feed, Mr X likes your daily horoscopeand stuff like that.

Why Facebook’s Share Button Shouldn’t Retire

There is a major difference between Facebook’s share and like buttons. It’s personal commentary.

When you are sharing a webpage using the Sharebutton, you have the ability to add a personal note or comment to the update. Whether you hate the page, whether it’s funny, you can express it. But such is not the case with Facebook’s like button. The moment you hit Likeit’s dumped to your profile, no second chance at all.

like-vs-share

You can always post a comment to the Likedstory and express your views but this is kind of boring for two reasons. First, you have to open your Facebook profile and then comment on the Likedlink. Second, your close friends might get annoyed when you keep liking and commenting on the same link over and over again.

For Facebook, The Like Button Makes More Sense

But if you think from Facebook shoes, pushing the Likebutton makes perfect sense for two reasons.

First, content sharing is much more rapid, instantaneous and lucid. No popups or any other confirmation as such, all the user needs to do is hit the Likebutton on any website, blog, app and the page is shared instantly on his news feed.   Second, the Likebutton is much easier to implement and has a powerful branding attached to it. Hey I have 12K Likes on my Facebook page while you have only 4K, you get the idea.

Facebook Spokeswoman Malorie Lucich told Mashable that they will continue to support the Share button, Like is the recommended solution moving forward.

What’s your take on the newer features of Facebook’s Likebutton? Do you think it’s useful enough and worth ditching the share button from your website ?

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    I use “like” a lot more often than “share” because I can approve of the posting or a single comment, but that doesn’t mean I want to share it with anyone. When I want to “share”, I do. That’s a whole different function entirely. Sometimes I want to, but a lot of times I do NOT want to share something.

    This will clutter up everything, making it harder and harder to read the feed. As it is now, it scrolls down while you are reading and you lose track. This will make it almost impossible to keep reading.

    I vote NO for combining the buttons’ functions.

 
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