A week after Facebook announced that it's "Like" button would start percolating around the Internet, the powerful social network says 50,000 websites have adopted the change.
"Already, just one week since launch, more than 50,000 sites across the Web have implemented the new plugins," Sandra Liu Huang writes today on Facebook's blog for application developers.
"We are thrilled by the strong adoption so far as developers realize how easy social plugins are to use and how powerful they are in engaging users in a frictionless experience without requiring them to share any personal information."
People use the "Like" button to recommend websites, news stories, blog posts and music to friends.
Facebook announced the change at its f8 conference on April 21. At the time, only 75 sites had signed up to use the feature, which is Facebook's way of making the entire web a more social experience.
In a keynote address at f8, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said there would be 1 billion "Like" buttons scattered all over the web within 24 hours of his announcement.
Thursday's blog post makes no mention of whether that target was met.
Tech blogs largely have reacted favorably to Facebook's effort to spread itself all over the web. Some have expressed concerns about privacy and the fact that Facebook may want to be a singular, dominant force on the Internet, putting it in competition with search engine giant Google.
On the blog Mashable, which is a CNN partner, Ben Parr writes that the fact that 50,000 websites have adopted Facebook's "Like" plugin is a good sign for the social network, which already has 400 million members.
"Social plugins are just the first step in Facebook’s ambitious plan to become the central nexus of the web," he writes. "With this kind of adoption success, it’s tough to imagine a scenario where Facebook doesn’t take over the web."
Posted by: John D. Sutter -- CNN.com writer/producerFiled under: Facebook
i think facebook was going to start charging a monthly fee i think that 400 million users will drop and the people will go back to myspace or AIM so that "take over the web" talk is just ridiculous
They don't need to charge a cent. They willingly get their users to fork over their names, zip codes, hobbies, and personal information for free, which they, in turn, sell to marketers.
lol@null. in the three years that ive been a part of facebook, i've yet to be approached by marketers on facebook's behalf. not everything is an evil corporation out to get you.
I've been with facebook since it launched for colleges/universities only over 5 years ago and despite the constant influx of advertising and the availability of my personal information, I have never been approached by marketers using my info from facebook.
I think the "like" button is just going to further the cause of making Facebook the aggregate for everything the average internet user finds cool. And I'm OK with that.
@joe lol tell that to Jason Chen from Gizmodo since the raid with apples pocket police
After reading this, I looked for the "LIKE" button.
Where do I find the "Who Cares" button
wow thats sad
at Staples they've replaced their "Easy" button with "I don't care button" LOL...
How about a button to block ALL "Applications"! I don't care about your farm or your mafia or any of the other useless apps that you use.
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My work banned Facebook so now when I visit a site from work that has a like button, it loads and when it finds the link to facebook dot com, it erases the whole page and tells me I can't go there. So no more webbrowsing to those sites from work now.
Thank you facebook. I hate you even more than before now.
Don't be surprised if your insurance rates go up because you visit certain websites or buy a particular brand of birdseed. You don't even know how your information is being sold. For example, there is a points program here in Canada called Air Miles and they recently bought a company called Icom that sells consumer mailing lists. In other words, they are figuring out your spending patterns via the points program and then selling that data through their consumer mailing lists. Sure, facebook and google probably aren't doing this type of thing right now because they are already making money hand over fist, but that situation could change very easily. The nature of corporations is to be greedy and I don't think facebook will prove to be any different in the long run. When the chips are down they'll do whatever they have to to appease their shareholders.
What's the big deal with facebook and privacy? You don't have to give them any more information than you want to give them. And even then, you don't need to give your real info to sign up; I use an incorrect spelling of my legal name and a separate e-mail account just for stuff like this. And even then I've never been approached by any marketer on facebook's behalf. Take off your tin-foil hats.
As far as the 'like' button, I see it screwing up a lot of sites like it does for Bob with corporate web filters.
FB doesn't sell info to marketing firms... They get paid thru advertising. You see all those different companies with ads on your homepage? FB gets big fat checks to put them there. Who wouldn't pay to market to 400 million ppl all at once. Therefore fb doesn't need to charge a fee...
Those of you who say you "haven't been approached by marketers" don't get it. You don't even see them coming - they scoop up your info and already determine the ads you see on Facebook (the same with Google).
Now FB is trying to get you to view certain sites and pages based on what *they* say your friends like. You don't think that puts money in quite a few people's pockets?
A friend of mine who doesn't even go to CNN.com was appalled to find out that I could see her status on there, because FB and CNN want me to see it. H*ll, I can barely keep it from showing up even when I follow all the instructions about how to opt out.
In my opinion, anything that MAKES you opt in and then requires running around to different pages to "let" you opt out by unchecking boxes and blocking applications is not anything on the side of the Forces of Good.
@Bob Um, your work does not know how to properly block facebook inline to other websites. Sounds like you really mean "Thanks FB, now my IT has to actually learn how to block websites without breaking the web"
[...] Websites similar to Facebook Posted on April 29, 2010 by hawaiidolphin16 http://scitech.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/29/50000-websites-like-the-new-facebook-button/ [...]
Only 50,000 websites? Yawn. That's an infinitesimal fraction of a percent of the web. When are people going to stop being impressed by 3 trailing zeros? This is The Web! Billions of pages!! Wake me when they get some decent numbers.
I don't think being worried about privacy is a trivial issue. My cousins are on facebook all the time posting pictures of themselves drunk and high at parties. They don't see it as a big deal but employers are checking facebook now to avoid people who drink, smoke or do drugs. I realize that you don't have to post these kinds of pictures of yourself on facebook, but I think giving them all kinds of information about yourself could back and bite you if anyone ever decided to mine that data. To be honest, I am not sure if Facebook keeps account information on file. i guess if you can permanently delete your account and the record of all your account activity it's okay but I am skeptical if this is happening.
[...] to CNN's SciTechBlog, "A week after Facebook announced that it's "Like" button would start [...]
I wonder if social graph will cause more employers to block access to Facebook and other social media apps. It yours is blocking or thinking about it, here's a helpful resource. It's a whitepaper called “To Block or Not. Is that the question?”
It has lots of insightful and useful information about identifying and controlling Enterprise 2.0 apps (Facebook, Twitter, Skype, SharePoint, etc.)
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It is correct to say that FB does not need to or will ever need to charge us a penny. Our personal information (which we give up 'or else') is what drives Facebook. Our demographics and ultimately our surfing habits are compiled by FB applications for later sale to DATA MINERS.
A marketer may not directly contact us on behalf of FB but the emails, banners, etc. that show up when we surf are expressly located or sent to us thanks to the information FB provides to marketers.
It is in my opinion...simply genius. The 'Like' buttons should scare Google . Surfers need only click on this link to explore a common interest. Think about it: FB is now offering us a personal endorsement via the 'Like' button. Why Google for "The Top 10 Digital Cameras" when your favorite celebrity "Likes" Nikon's latest point-and-shoot?
Now if the browsers are configured in such a way (and I'm sure they will be) that a new tab is opened for the 'Like' link then one can easily purchase the new Nikon then easily go back to the FB tab and continue harvesting crops on Farmville. In essence, you never really left FB.
I don't think facebook will charge any money.
Like button is about more comfort rather than become fan, since there are many sites which we like but don't like to be fan. I think it's a great move from Facebook.
I have always wondered how the Friend Suggestions worked. A couple years ago when they first started I received friend suggestions for two people that I could not have had mutual friends with: We were moving 1,200 miles away and I had emailed a realtor and a person that gives city tours (sponsored by our new employer). How did FB know I had connections to these people? I had emailed them both a couple times using hotmail, but I have never imported my hotmail contacts or whatever. I have never understood how FB knew to make those suggestions. Any ideas?
When people realize that all their info will be available to the highest bidder, they will jump ship from Facebook. You ain't nuthin but $$$$ to Facebook.
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I think there are a lot of mixed feelings about the Facebook Like Button.
Here's a video that analyzes the new feature, along with some talk about the privacy issue:
Here's the WordPress plugin that is growing the 50,000:
how can my website benefit from this new concept (like) buttons?
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Facebook, understandably, is banned in our workplace. However, I am now unable to log in on CNN at work, because of Facebook. I hate FB even more. Never have and never will sign up with FB.
Me too. Since CNN added those Facebook links on their page, I can't browse CNN from work because Facebook is banned from work. This sucks. I hate Facebook so much.
Oh Noes! The "Marketers" are coming!!!!!
Because "I Like" CNN I may get an offer to save 15% on my car insurance? Nobody says you have to take them up on it. You're bombarded by marketers 24/7. Do you watch TV? Listen to the radio? Surf the web? Have a mailbox? Walk or drive on public roads?
Personally I use an ad blocker, and don't see ANY ads on Facebook, but even if I did no one is forcing me click on them.
[...] 50,000 sites like Facebook's 'like' [...]
How come there is no "Unlike" button? Now that's something I would really like!
@moussaoui ahmed, dude. Nobody in this thread is speaking French. GTFO.
The only thing FB people are interested in is themselves. They get on FB , play Farmville and post narcissistic mindless tripe all day long so when will they find the time to find new websites they "Like"?
Never care for that facebook .
You won't find me there , nothing "face" about it. Hey call me !!
I dont do Facebook, i have a life :-)
When will these web sites realize that people do not go on Facebook to recommend sites and etc. People just want to chat and leave. I personally do not have FB and proud not to be one of the 400 million viewers w/ everyone in my business. Really its not that serious, I think its quite sad especially for grown adults and married couples who spread their business on FB and etc. That site is such a waste of time and pretty soon people will start to realize that.
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@Bryan where are your manners; you're not the boss here, are you?
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[...] that allows content providers to embed the "Like" function into their websites. CNN's story covers this in great detail, but in general it makes the content that your friends are reading and [...]
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Someone will create a "Like" Blocker plug in for your Browser. I can only hope that it will not only deactivate the connection between user and Facebook, but, it will stream back endless garbage data to FB, maybe the lyrics from MY LITTLE PONIES or something...
where's the "Like" button on this page?
Facebook is a social virus like herpes. You really don't want to catch it.
We just added it to our site: http://www.dominionpestcontrol.com/ !
That is 0.000125 given the stated population of FB. Hardly anything worth touting. Makes this seem less impressive, especially if they are counting multiple times. They fail to state if these are 50k unique to domains or if domains have multiple counts...:/
Facebook has ads?! I've never seen any. Oh wait I forgot, I use AdBlock Plus for Firefox. Silly me. :P
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[...] of Facebook announced that the new 'like' plugin would reach 1 billion within 24 hours. CNN could not find if this met the [...]
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I'm still waiting for a "dislike" button from Facebook.
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[...] to stay. Within a week of Facebook announcing the "Like" button's availability, 50,000 websites added the functionality to their sites. Many however have criticized Facebook's reach and its [...]
where I can get this button "like"
[...] For more information on Facebook’s Like button please click here. [...]
[...] like button launched last month and is now prominent on 50,000 websites across the Internet, according to CNN...and growing, no doubt. Many have raised questions about how the like button and the data that [...]
This is just like Google. When Google 1st came out no one had their plug-in installed. Now every site that you go to has a search box that says “powered by”… guess who, yelp that’s right Google. The same thing is going to happen with Facebook, they possible could take over the internet. It’s just a matter of time before every website says “powered by Facebook”.
[...] buttons running around the web. If you haven't, chances are you will soon since 50,000 websites have installed them within a week of their launch on April 21st. (And if you haven't seen [...]
[...] around the world. Just about everything you can imagine has a Facebook page to look at and even “like” for future reference. From now on we will no longer have to search for what we want but rather [...]
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I don't like facebook.. you can't customise it as easy as myspace. Myspace 4 life
I keep sending tuluna emails to help me get in to my account but the info they send me DOES NOT WORK. Does anyone else have a problem like this ?
HELP need to get in to account with Tuluna but the sign in info DOES NOT WORK,,,what do I do???????????
@Bob what kind of boring ass job do you work at?
Does anyone know how to fix the language of the Toluna surveys?? I've checked off english, I've reported it to Toluna many many times and they do not respond, Anyone have any thoughts??
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is there anyway to find a list of the 50,000 websites that like/use the like button?
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What sites use the Facebook Like button?...
The short answer? A lot. The long answer? Far too many to list. Here's why: When Facebook introduced the "Like" button at the f8 conference on April 21, only 75 sites had signed up to use the button. This number ballooned to 50,000, on April 29, 201...
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