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What Is the Facebook Like Button?

Facebook Infiltrates the Web With the "Like" Button

At yesterday's F8 Developers Conference here in San Francisco, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed a new feature that lets Facebook roam free on the Web. Called the "Like" button, this feature allows you to "like" something you've found interesting anywhere a button is available. Used to be that liking something was restricted to your Facebook news feed, but now you'll see these buttons popping up all over the Internet as developers and webmasters add the feature to their sites. In fact, you can find them all across the PopSugar Network right now!

Once you or your friends "Like" something, you'll see tiny versions of your profile pictures pop up on the website, essentially saying you'd recommend this piece of content to your pals. You can "like" things without having to re-log in to Facebook, and can get a rundown of your friends' recommendations in your Facebook Activity feed. Worried about strangers catching a glimpse of your profile pic on a website? I'll tell you how to make sure your privacy settings are in order when you read more.

Anytime Facebook (or any social network for that matter) makes a change, you should always double check your privacy settings. In this case, you can regulate who sees your "Liked" content around the web — everyone, or just your friends. Here's how:

  • Log in to your Facebook account
  • Click on the Account tab (top right-hand corner of the page)
  • Click on Privacy Settings
  • Click on Profile Information
  • Double check that your "Likes and Interests" settings are suited to your preference — Everyone, Friends of Friends, Only Friends, or you can even customize your own groups to only allow certain people see what you like.
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Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 5 years
I think the privacy setting category affected by this is actually the 'Websites and Applications' category, not the 'Likes and Interests' category. As well, the only information shared with the websites by Facebook is that which you've already allowed as part of your public Facebook profile and that you've marked viewable by 'Everyone.' I like it. It's kind of like 'Share' without the space-hogging. I try to save my 'Shares' for things I think are really notable. Otherwise it gets annoying when the only things that show up on the Facebook Live Feed are things I share. I have a friend that shares fifty bajillion political articles and it's annoying. The website 'Like' button just puts a simple one line notification on the Live Feed.
daniit daniit 5 years
I don't really like this feature...
juicebox07 juicebox07 5 years
It's kind of interesting, I guess. Isn't it basically the same as the "share tool" where you could post to your twitter, facebook, etc.? I know that I (and a lot of other people) miss "become a fan" on facebook though. =/
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