Facebook has redesigned its iconic Like button. The social networking behemoth is additionally transforming its Share button to modernise the experience for developers and end users.
Originally featuring “f” logo, the Like and Share buttons are two of the common signs to show social media integration across the web. But the alphabetic “f” isn’t as attractive as the thumbs-up icon or the word “Share”. Thus, Facebook has now finally redesigned the original buttons.
“Our hypothesis was that more people would understand the thumbs up icon on the Like button, so we conducted qualitative and quantitative tests to measure them side-by-side. The results revealed an increase in engagement, so we are switching the Like button from the Facebook ‘f’ logo to the thumbs up icon,” Facebook’s developer team writes in a blog post.
With all intuitiveness
In addition to the new redesign interface, the new social plugin buttons are touted to be mobile-friendly in nature and come in a clearer and cleaner design than before. Facebook has also added its Instant Articles integration to let news publishers utilise the prime features of the new buttons on their web publications.
If your website already has the embedded the Like and Share buttons through Facebook’s developer console, you don’t need to imply any changes. The buttons will be updated to the latest version automatically — without any external efforts. Moreover, the company has provided backwards compatibility and scalability as well as tested the changes with different languages to offer you the refresh feel right out of the box.
Facebook has updated its developer documentation to let web developers add the social buttons. However, you don’t need to make any changes at your end to see the changes as the update will gradually rolling out to all the websites.
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