Facebook Adds “Like” to Comments

facebook commentsFacebook kept a close eye on the numbers since the launches of the news feed comments and the like buttons in 2008 and 2009.  The numbers do not lie and as we have seen even on blog, the Like button is a very popular feature. Since their inception, the comments and like buttons are the most used features on Facebook (what no Farmville or Facebook Gifts?). Originally compared to a restaurant review, the comment and like buttons seem to go hand in hand to give users an opportunity to like a photo, status update and share all their information to anyone else who likes the update. While Facebook privacy has been under the microscope with every change, Facebook has attempted to tighten the privacy with the ability to opt out of instant personalization from the like and link feature, the latest upgrade will heighten the privacy confusion.

“Like” Facebook Comments

Facebook has began rolling out the latest feature where you can now like any comment left to any update, photo, video, etc. Located underneath comments, you simply click the like button to show your friends that you like and appreciate their comment. Once a comment is liked, a notification is sent to the person who commented.

According to Tom Whitnah over at the Facebook blog, they felt that the ability to like comments is “like peanut butter and jelly, …  these two features would go better together.”

Here is a peek of the new Like button for comments if your profile has not been upgraded.

facebook like commentsThe like button seems to be taking on a life of its own.  Blogs are reporting that the like button is their most popular as it relates to sharing, the debacle of the “fan” page, community pages, etc seems to be forgotten and we are embracing the like button as if it was here all along.

Will you use the like button instead of adding a comment?

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  • I like that Facebook is further expanding, and the comment “like” button will be a great feature for those hardcore Facebook users, but I feel as if it is unnecessary.

    If I wanted you to know how much I liked your response to either my feelings (status) or anothers' status, I'd go ahead and message you myself, not just like your comment.

    But then again, I said that when the like button came out, so I may well change my mind later on down the road. Thanks for letting me know of this new feature, Suzanne!

  • Joe

    I agree here. If I like a comment, I respond to it but I can see where the like button with be used frequently. It is just another means of getting people to stay on FB more as we know sometimes that we are busy and not always able to respond to a comment so by clicking like we are in a way responding and letting people know that we are around.

    The notification that someone liked your comment is not great. Overkill. It is not something that you respond to so the reasoning behind it is to get you to go over and spend more time on FB. The more time you spend, the better the numbers are for FB and the better the reports are to the advertisers.

    I doubt I will use it as if I want to tell someone I like their comment I will. Who knows I may change.

    Thanks for dropping in Joe.

  • Overall I like the “Like” button and find it can be a powerful tool. For example, if a client or other business owner posts a status update to Facebook I can give a quick “Like” exposing it to my other friends (and thereby giving it my approval) without writing a full comment, which might be overkill.

    At this point using “Like” for comments seems to be a bit of overkill, although I just might not be used to it yet. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, but I guess only time will tell!

  • Good point on the status updates but I have to agree on the comments. I know people will use it like crazy and the notifications will be enough to make you want to hide but I guess it was a natural progression and it keeps people on FB and engaging.

    I am sure in a few months there will be another add on that will be an extension of this. That is usually how it goes. Add this and then use it for this.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • I like that Facebook is further expanding, and the comment “like” button will be a great feature for those hardcore Facebook users, but I feel as if it is unnecessary.

    If I wanted you to know how much I liked your response to either my feelings (status) or anothers' status, I'd go ahead and message you myself, not just like your comment.

    But then again, I said that when the like button came out, so I may well change my mind later on down the road. Thanks for letting me know of this new feature, Suzanne!

  • Joe

    I agree here. If I like a comment, I respond to it but I can see where the like button with be used frequently. It is just another means of getting people to stay on FB more as we know sometimes that we are busy and not always able to respond to a comment so by clicking like we are in a way responding and letting people know that we are around.

    The notification that someone liked your comment is not great. Overkill. It is not something that you respond to so the reasoning behind it is to get you to go over and spend more time on FB. The more time you spend, the better the numbers are for FB and the better the reports are to the advertisers.

    I doubt I will use it as if I want to tell someone I like their comment I will. Who knows I may change.

    Thanks for dropping in Joe.

  • Overall I like the “Like” button and find it can be a powerful tool. For example, if a client or other business owner posts a status update to Facebook I can give a quick “Like” exposing it to my other friends (and thereby giving it my approval) without writing a full comment, which might be overkill.

    At this point using “Like” for comments seems to be a bit of overkill, although I just might not be used to it yet. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, but I guess only time will tell!

  • Good point on the status updates but I have to agree on the comments. I know people will use it like crazy and the notifications will be enough to make you want to hide but I guess it was a natural progression and it keeps people on FB and engaging.

    I am sure in a few months there will be another add on that will be an extension of this. That is usually how it goes. Add this and then use it for this.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • How can I enable this feature for comments? i Mean for a comment box in general I can set I LIKE but if i want to LIKE a single comment, I am not able … how can I do it ?

  • That is strange as I am able to like individual comments. There is the like and flag under each comment.

    I am sorry as I cannot be too much help here.

    @SuzanneVara