The ‘Like’ button is specifically promoted by Facebook for spreading out updates about its applications and services. I said “promoted” as Facebook started it, soon we shall see this same button far and wide.
The utility of the ‘like’ button is limited on the applications found in the Facebook alone. Incidentally, the company has changed the word phrases in the pages of Facebook into wordings that are employed by other known companies and public images.
Before, if you happen to like a particular feature, you need to click on the ‘become a fan’ button. Now, the phrase has been replaced with ‘like it’ on all Facebook elements may it be update on status, a picture or photo or even the funny, entertaining and sometimes dreadful quizzes applications.
Some may say, so what? It’s just the same function, only reworded phrases. However, there is an even bigger significance in these word alterations.
Along with the change of words, Facebook aims to make a stronger impact by making you cast your opinion on public pages. As a matter of fact, Facebook is said to begin its aim of suggesting pages to its users depending on what the user has liked previously like favored bands, preferred films and personal profile.
Should you decide to accept the invitations generated automatically, the text originally found on the user’s profile will be gone, instead the link of the recently joined group shall be seen. By default, this information can be publicly accessed. Texts in free form may still be utilized in the user’s ‘Bio’ profile section.
This ‘like’ button shall be applied to the rest of the web world. Though this news is still not yet confirmed, users may expect that through this universal utilization of the ‘like’ button, third parties will start linking Facebook to their news as well as blogs.
Just like the ‘share’ button which is nowadays already well-known in many websites, the ‘like’ buttons will open a bigger door where publishers and users of the web can experience enhanced web socialization. Links made with share are limited. With ‘like’ however, a record is kept about the user’s preferred links and therefore will give the company the opportunity to gather more user preferences. These data will then be shared by Facebook to other web publishers. The widespread usage of the ‘like’ button is assumed to be introduced during the F8 conference.