Everyone knows the Like button that Facebook made popular back in 2010.
If someone's status interested you, you could 'Like' their status.
If someone posted a great picture, you would 'Like' the image.
If someone got married, you would 'Like' the update.
If you read a cool article about Rob Ford admitting he smoked crack cocaine, you would 'Like' the article.
Well, in a way you probably wouldn't actually 'Like' it, but you would – on Facebook.
In the past three years, the Like and Facebook Share button can be seen more than 22 million times a day across 7.5-million websites.
The world's most popular social network, however, is changing up how we Like things online.
So, what's changed? Gone is the thumbs up. The button is now a fuller, deeper blue. The Facebook “f” logo is now more prominent. It still says “Like” but the thumb is gone.
Facebook is also ramping up the use of the Share button. The difference is that the Like button will post a piece of content to your wall, wile the Share button will let you add a comment or a piece of context.
According to the Verge, the whole effort to redesign the Like button and to ditch the thumbs up has been about six months in the making.
It's not known why Facebook dropped the thumbs up and added the F logo, but as it gets more competitive with Twitter, one can only imagine that Zuckerberg and crew want people to know they're engaging with content on Facebook – and not the other social network that just launched an IPO.
What do you think of the new Like button? Will you miss the thumbs up?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets