Facebook's Like button to take over share functions
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?
| February 28, 2011; 10:10 AM ET
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