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Edwin Fomichev
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Facebook Like Button By Itself

The easiest way to upload your very own button involves two easy steps: locating the button code and then obtaining the open graph tags. Each service comes with its own array of customization features including color schemes, layout styles, and the ability to associate images and titles to your website per the button itself. In the language of HTML, each of these steps is a command away, while the color schemes, sizes and formatting of your widget can be customized through the built-in interface of the code and tags themselves, allowing anyone to personalize their widget to the style of their website.

facebook like button by itself


Furthermore, say I have a node that is showing that reverting behavior, once I run that URL in the Facebook linter. The like button will immediately stop the reverting behavior without even reloading the page.

Same issue here, but it wasn't random. I installed the Open Graph Meta Tags module, and new nodes for which the tags were enabled had the broken like button. Nodes created before Open Graph were installed still worked properly. After disabling the open graph module, uninstalling it, then checking the affected urls in linter, the like counts came back.

The like button is an integral feature of Instagram, allowing a user to give a click of approval to a picture or video. Counting likes can become a popularity contest and that can be a problem for kids, said Dimitri Christakis, editor in chief of JAMA Pediatrics.

Facebook itself confirmed that after only a week, "more than 50,000 sites across the Web have implemented" social plug-ins. said Like buttons are "recommended" for virtually all Web sites; one blogging how-to guide reported that "small, blue Like buttons are now multiplying across the Web faster than you can say 'pandemic.'"

How it works: Facebook wants publishers to insert an iframe or JavaScript in the HTML for their Web pages. As soon as the page is loaded, the code invokes a PHP script at that records information including the URL for the Web page, your IP address, and your Facebook ID (if you're authenticated). If a publisher uses Facebook's Javascript API, the simpler option, here's what the embedded Like button for would look like:

More advanced versions might use cookies to detect when a user is returning so they can actually use the site after presumably clicking the like button. Other modifications might include detection on when a user clicks the invisible iframe so it is removed without the user knowing and browsing returns to normal (this works in IE and Firefox, but not Chrome to my knowledge because of iFrame security). The above demo arbitrarily hides the button after 10 seconds and leaves the button visible for effect.

When you click the Send button, we display a dialog where you decide to whom to send the link and, optionally, to add a custom message. This dialog lives in an IFrame separate from the button itself. The two frames communicate with each other using the tools provided by the Facebook Connect JavaScript SDK.

"Today, we're introducing a new design for both Like and Share to help people share more great content across the web. We're already seeing a favorable increase in Likes and Shares with the new design and will be rolling these buttons out to everyone in the coming weeks. If you are currently using the old Like button, you'll be automatically upgraded to the new design as part of our roll out. We've also made it easy for you to include the Like and Share buttons side by side and the Share button by itself:"

"The like button is really valuable because it's a way for you to very quickly express a positive emotion or sentiment when someone puts themselves out there and shares something. Some people have asked for a dislike button because they want to be able to say, "That thing isn't good." That's not something that we think is good. We're not going to build that, and I don't think there needs to be a voting mechanism on Facebook about whether posts are good or bad. I don't think that's socially very valuable or good for the community to help people share the important moments in their lives."

Pinterest calls itself an online pinboard. Say you like rich chocolate cookie recipes, not vanilla ones. You can pin chocolate-laden ones, and Pinterest displays them nicely in a virtual pinboard. You're revealing your interests, and how you discover them over time. It's a collection of your own thoughts and preferences, matched with what you find out there on the Web. Other people can see that, comment, and if they feel the urge, "re-pin" your stuff.

But Pinterest's secret weapon is undoing the weak, overused "like" button and its Web siblings (notably, the Twitter re-Tweet). Pinterest asks you to create something in your liking, not just mention it scatter-shot, or worse, meekly affirm it. This might just totally change how we think about sharing. As novelist Jonathan Franzen bemoaned in an insightful commencement speech this May, liking (courtesy of Facebook) has become an epidemic online substitute for actually doing passionately or loving something (he takes this far out, suggesting it is raising a generation of soul-less narcissists, more or less):

Of course the tools we're given are only as good as we how we chose to use them. Both Pinterest and Quora's Boards appeal to our vanity, as does that little "like" button. Did you re-pin my cookie recipe?! Are you following my board?! Just as liking after while felt obviously and oddly self-promotional and complimentary at the same time, so too could these new tools for discovering and sharing ourselves.

I'm a freelance journalist covering technology for several outlets, both in English (Zdnet, techPresident) and Italian (La Stampa, l'Espresso, Corriere della Sera and others). I was a Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism fellow in 2013. You can find my research on journalism and content curation here. I like to write about the impact of technology on society. I'm amazed and fascinated by how our relationships, our jobs, our daily lives are now shaped by it. But technology, for me, it's just a means to an end, not an end in itself. To be clear: I don't care about the latest smartphone, unless it provides real value and improves the quality of my life. You can follow me on Twitter at @fede_guerrini and learn more about me visiting my LinkedIn. For story pitches reach me here: stories (at)


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