Facebook redesigns Like button, adds thumbnails

Effectively gives Share button the boot

Facebook has made some significant changes to its Like button, with the addition of a thumbnail and a snippet of information to your Facebook feed every time you click on the icon on a third-party website.

These new features were originally consigned to the Share button, which now looks as if it is being phased out by the social network.

Facebook's Like button has spread through the internet like digital knotweed in recent months, proving a popular tool for sharing articles and telling your Facebook friends what web articles you have liked reading.

Push the button

The Like button was originally offered to web developers alongside Recommended and Share functionality, but it now seems that the Share button is no more.

If you want to add it to a website, you are redirected the more visually enticing thumbs-up logo of the Like button.

Facebook has had many digital stalwarts praising it for the introduction of the Like button, with Google's Eric Schmidtsaying back in 2010: "It's a new phenomenon and it's a good one."

Which is a bit like Picasso saying he thinks the sketch you did was "pretty good".

Facebook hasn't confirmed that its Like button is replacing the rest of its share functionality, but if it is then this could cause problems for sharing articles of interest that contain information that you don't necessarily like - for example, a well-written piece about the on-going problems in Libya.

If this is the case, then the Like button would get the thumbs down from many users.

Via Cnet


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