Elevate your enterprise data technology and strategy at Transform 2021.

Facebook has been watching “lifestreaming” site FriendFeed closely, and today the larger company’s attention has resulted in a new FriendFeed-like feature in its news feeds. It’s a button called “like,” and it’s a one-click way to show your friends that you liked a link to a news story or other item. On FriendFeed, it’s called “like” with a smiley face. On Facebook, it’s a thumbs up.

Glimpses of Facebook’s “like” button have previously appeared in a demonstration video created by Facebook employees.

The feature’s pretty self-explanatory on FriendFeed, and it’s just as easy to figure out on Facebook. As Oscar Wilde once put it, genius steals.

More on the Facebook blog.


VentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
  • up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
  • our newsletters
  • gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
  • networking features, and more
Become a member