Thumbs Up or Down? Facebook is Killing the Thumb.

New Facebook Like Button

The iconic thumb is dead (well, dying at least). Facebook has removed the thumb from most of their standard like and share buttons, replaced by the Facebook logo itself.

This is a smart move. The thumb was getting old. People are starting to see the Facebook logo pop up everywhere and the thumb was a little ambiguous to some. While the majority of people knew what it was and who it represented, now there’s no doubt what social activity you’re doing with a post when you click the button.

I like it. Do you?

Here’s the report from The Verge:

Aside from design, Facebook is also pairing its Like and Share buttons in hopes that websites will include both. Most people might not know the difference between them, but Bao emphasizes that there’s a distinction. The Like button instantly posts content to Facebook, while the Share button lets you add a comment before posting, or lets you share the content in a specific place like a private message. In Facebook’s tests, the new buttons got clicked more often than the old ones, possibly because they’re a bolder, more visible color. As the web gets flooded with more ways to share links, it turns out even one of the most popular websites in the world still needs to stand out.

Read More: The Verge

Comments

  1. says

    It was unavoidable. I think it’s because they didn’t integrated it into the site. I mean it’s different when pin something or you hearth it. On facebook you liked it, you never thumbs up something. It even sounds weird.

  2. says

    I couldn’t agree more. It’s good that Facebook makes a concerted effort to stay relevant even if it means doing away with some of their most beloved icons.

    Three cheers for forward progression!

    -Jasmine Mitchell
    Social Euphoria
    @socialeuphoria

    #droppingjaws
    @droppingjawsblg

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