Facebook introduced three new components to the Facebook platform at the F8 conference held yesterday in San Francisco. These three components are – Social plugins, the Open Graph protocol, and the Graph API. The one that’s getting all the buzz and attention is the considered as the most important plugin, the Like Button. This is the same Like Button that you see and use to “like” posts, pictures, videos and other stuff posted by your friends on Facebook.
What Facebook plans to do is make the Like Button web-wide or all over the web so Facebook users can easily make connections to different pages on the web and share the content back to their friends on Facebook, all with one click. If you’re logged in to Facebook and you “like” a certain page using the Facebook Like Button, it will be displayed on your wall or recent activity on your profile. Kinda like this:
If you want to add the Like Button on your website or blog, you can visit the Like Button page and get the code.
1. Download the “Facebook-Like-Button-Widget.zip” file
2. Extract and upload `facebook-like-widget.php` to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
4. That’s it!
I haven’t installed it yet here on JaypeeOnline but this is how it should look like:
Now, your readers and visitors who have Facebook accounts can “like” your posts and easily share it with their friends on Facebook. The Like Button looks very promising function-wise and has a good chance of succeeding especially with the large number of registered Facebook users.
What do you think of the Like Button going web-wide? You think it would be successful? Has anyone here added the Facebook Like Button on their website or blog? Anyone using the Facebook Like Button Widget for WordPress or any other Facebook Like WordPress plugin? Please share your thoughts.