2010 : Facebook Like buttons unleashed on the web

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Facebook jusFacebook just announced it’s unleashing the Like buttons you already know and love, but this time they won’t be stuck on Facebook alone. Soon, you’ll start seeing Like buttons appear on other websites, ready for you to click each time you see something worth sharing.
Announcing the move at Facebook’s F8 conference in San Francisco, Bret Taylor, Facebook’s  director of product said “Connections between people and the things they care about will play as big a part as hyperlinks do today in connecting people and their internet experience.”
Facebook has partnered with 30 websites to kick-start the new Like buttons’ roll out across the web. They include ESPN and IMDB, with visitors able to tap Like buttons next to athletes and films to tell their mates’ what they’re interested in.

But Facebook’s integration runs deeper. Tap a Like button on an IMDB film page, and you’ll have the movie added to your friend stream, as well as automatically inserted into the list of films you like within your Facebook profile.
Facebook is promising similar tight integration through its new Open Graph coding system, letting web developers tinker with the behaviour of Like buttons behind the scenes. Creating the code, which Facebook is calling a Social Plugin, is a simple process for developers too.
So simple, and so effective that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is expecting to serve a billion Like buttons in the first 24 hours they’re allowed on other websites. That’s a whole lotta clickin’!t announced it’s unleashing the Like buttons you already know and love, but this time they won’t be stuck on Facebook alone. Soon, you’ll start seeing Like buttons appear on other websites, ready for you to click each time you see something worth sharing.

Announcing the move at Facebook’s F8 conference in San Francisco, Bret Taylor, Facebook’s director of product said “Connections between people and the things they care about will play as big a part as hyperlinks do today in connecting people and their internet experience.”

Facebook has partnered with 30 websites to kick-start the new Like buttons’ roll out across the web. They include ESPN and IMDB, with visitors able to tap Like buttons next to athletes and films to tell their mates’ what they’re interested in.

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But Facebook’s integration runs deeper. Tap a Like button on an IMDB film page, and you’ll have the movie added to your friend stream, as well as automatically inserted into the list of films you like within your Facebook profile.

Facebook is promising similar tight integration through its new Open Graph coding system, letting web developers tinker with the behaviour of Like buttons behind the scenes. Creating the code, which Facebook is calling a Social Plugin, is a simple process for developers too.

So simple, and so effective that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is expecting to serve a billion Like buttons in the first 24 hours they’re allowed on other websites. That’s a whole lotta clickin’!

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