Creatures of habit and lovers of tradition (Aggies included) needn't be too freaked out by the loss of thumbs, though. The original "thumbs up" icon will still appear in the dialogue box above the button that shows you how many Likes your post or page has.
Facebook is finally replacing the nonsensical "Send" button with a Share button. It's about time, Facebook! Because, let's be real, we "send" emails, but like, share text or recommend most everything else! The new share button will also be white on blue, but will not feature the Facebook "f".
Sites already using the buttons will be automatically updated when Facebook is ready (the Send setting will remain for backwards compatibility only).
In the same blog post announcing the button redesign (and increased numbers of Likes and Shares throughout its testing), Facebook also introduced the seamless pairing of Like and Share buttons side-by-side via a single embed.
What's the difference between a Like and a Share?
A Like lets you post directly to Facebook with one click.
A Share lets you add your own personalized message to links first, and then also allows you to select who gets to see the post.
Why the redesign?
Peter Yang, a product manager at Facebook, responded in the comments section of the Facebook blog post announcing the change that the new version is optimized for high-resolution screens.
Users should start to see the change on those 7.5 million websites over the next few weeks.
What do you think? Do you Like the new design or have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments!
Disclaimer: I happen to be a Longhorn, but FTR, I have absolutely nothing against A&M. My brother and sister-in-law are both Aggies, so it's all in good, clean fun. ;)
Photo Credit: Thomas Angermann