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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Facebook's Like button to take over share functions

By Hayley Tsukayama

Will have to think twice about 'liking' stuff in the future! Feb 28 13:06:27 via Facebook

Facebook reportedly is changing the function of its "Like" button, making it more about sharing than approval.

According to Mashable, items that users like will show up in their friends' news feeds with a picture, headline and blurb. Users will also be able to comment on other users' liked items as well.

The like button has been evolving since its introduction. Facebook spokeswoman Malorie Lucich told Mashable in September that the company will continue to support the share feature as it moves forward, but that the Like button was the "recommended solution moving forward." Facebook has stopped developing new features for its share button.

Lucich told Mashable that the latest change is only a test, but the site was quick to point out that test features on the social network are normally rolled out to a few users before going site-wide. That's not the case with this tweak.

The change may be small, but users may want to think carefully about how they use the like button now that its a bit more public. Will this change the way you use the like button?

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 28, 2011; 10:10 AM ET
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Since I make a point of not posting or liking things I'm ashamed of, it won't change anything for me. But I'd rather it be agreement only.

Posted by: terriebittner | February 28, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Never really understood or warmed to the share function. Maybe I'm not alone and that's why it's on its way out.

Posted by: philkdc | February 28, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I have viewed 'like'-ing as communication w/ a person who posted something and whoever they show it to, not bringing in everyone else who I also know. In practice, stuff I 'like' from certain people is seldom appropriate to share w/ absolutely everyone I am in contact with. Who in life broadcasts everything equally to friends family and coworkers?

Posted by: HardyW | February 28, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The "like" button is something I have never used nor probably ever will.
More important to me would be a "dislike" button, so that people know what NOT to look at.

Posted by: bgk1 | February 28, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

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