You Like? Facebook Makes Updates To Its “Like” Button. (posted originally at Mashable.com)
Facebook is rolling out updates to the design of itspopular Like Button, which now looks similar to the newly introduced Tweet Button. The revamp also provides a subtle yet noteworthy change in the button’s usability.
The button now displays the “Like” count to the right of the icon in its own box, instead of floating on its own. Clicking prompts a thumbs-up image to appear, alongside a count of the number of people who have Liked it. Before, the button would turn a dark blue and the language would change to “Unlike.” This changes the user experience, because now it’s a bit trickier for a user to Unlike something, which makes the Like a bit more solidified.
The option to take back your Like still exists, although it only appears when you hover over the thumbs-up icon. Depending on whether the Like button has an integration to also show the faces of friends who have also Liked the piece of content (such as in this post), the response to a user hitting the Like button is different. With the faces feature integrated, the option to Unlike a post gets pushed to the right, and the button transforms into a Facebook icon, also giving you the option to comment on the post.
The new design seems to resemble the compact versions of the new Tweet button and Google Buzz buttons. This may be welcome news for designers, providing them with a uniform design that could reduce some of the clutter created by a plethora of differing share buttons. It could also provide a better user experience, making it easier for them to share via multiple channels.