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Facebook ‘Like’ Button Taking Over the Internet

April 30th, 2010 posted by · 3 Comments

The most common piece of code being placed into websites lately is the popular Facebook Like Button. You know, the little blue “Like” button with the thumbs up symbol? Facebook introduced the button at the F8 conference in San Francisco last week to a select number of partner sites.

One week later (as of Wednesday), 50,000 websites have included the button on their website. How it works is when a visitor clicks the “Like” button on a post/page, and they happen to be logged into Facebook, it will show up in their news feed to their friends list.

If some of their friends also happen to like certain content, it will show up next to the actual button, i.e. “So and so likes this and 8 others.”

It’s quite easy to implement, and already developers have come out with plugins for WordPress to make it as easy as possible.

If you prefer to do things the manual way, Lyndon Reid explains in great detail how to implement the button using old fashioned code.

While the new Facebook Like Button is taking off, Google appears to be shaking in their boots — as far as SEO is concerned. It looks as though the Like Button will soon overtake links to determine how well a site ranks, as a recent CNN Tech article pointed out.

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3 Comments so far
  1. Bottomless MyAvatars 0.2

    Here’s the WordPress plugin:

  2. Wynne MyAvatars 0.2

    Heck – a google killer? Hmmm, we’ll have to wait and see on that point. It’s going to be interesting to see just how much of an impact this will have on relevancy ratings of websites and how google adapts to the new development.

    Google could possibly do this too if people would start using google Buzz – which doesn’t look too promising at the moment.

  3. Steve MyAvatars 0.2

    I installed the Google Buzz button as soon as it came out on a couple of blogs and got zero extra traffic from it. Hopefully the Facebook like is more productive.