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      Does it matter who likes me on Facebook?

      I have been seeing a lot of websites and pages that have facebook links/connections on them that allow people to like their page, even though they are not facebook pages. I'm sure that it must benefit the webmaster in some kind of way, but how exactly does that play out? Can "Liking" someone's page through a facebook connection have a negative impact on a page's popularity/reputation? More specifically, would the identity of any facebook fans affect my page in anyway if I decided to add a "Like" button?
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      You've posed some very interesting questions. The "Facebook Phenomenon" is definitely creating some new and unique opportunities for just about everybody with internet access, isn't it? Actually quite fascinating, when you think about it!

      To answer your first and second questions regarding the benefits of using the "Like" button on a webpage, the most notable benefit is that you begin to build a presence on facebook. Facebook presence is useful to you because:

      1. You have the potential to expose your page to a wider audience.
      2. Increased exposure to a wider audience can increase traffic to your webpage/site. Your page shows up in the "Likes" and "Interests" sections of anyone whose privacy settings allow for that information to be public.
      3. If you happen to be an online merchant, this exposure can also boost your sales. Translation: MORE MONEY!
      4. When facebook user decides to "Like" your page/site, you can provide updates that (may potentially) show up in their news feeds.

      As far as positive or negative effects on popularity due to the identity of the people that click on your "Like" button, there are opportunities, depending on which type of "Like" button you get, for anyone who clicks on it to leave a comment about your page or site. The most logical response from most people would be to leave a positive comment. However, even if someone did decide to leave a negative comment about your page, the next logical question from most people would be: "If you had an issue, why press the "Like" button to begin with"? I, personally, would not worry too much about any severe negative impact from using the "Like" button.
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      Sounds intriguing, but I can't help but wonder why you put "may potentially" in parentheses when you mentioned sending updates to news feeds. Am I reading too much into it or are there some limitations to that?

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      Actually, there are some limitations to adding updates to the news Feed. I suppose I should have taken time to explain that. My apologies!

      Although you do have the opportunity to add updates into news feeds, you may not necessarily be able to reach every user's page. Facebook's has an algorithm called EdgeRank that helps regulate news feed optimization (exposure of updates in news feeds). EdgeRank is said to prevent most updates from being seen. Nevertheless, the potential for exposure is still pretty great, even without providing news feed updates.

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      Aaaaaaah ok! thanks!

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      there are opportunities, depending on which type of "Like" button you get, for anyone who clicks on it to leave a comment about your page or site.
      there's more than one type of like button????

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      Yes. There are two types of "Like" buttons, and both of these can be integrated into any website/page:

      1. iframe "Like" button--This button is supposed to be the easiest of the two buttons to add to your page.

      2. XFBML "Like" button--This button is supposed to be the more complex of the two, but it is also supposed to increase your exposure by including the added feature of allowing users to leave comments about your page.

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      I don't suppose you know how to set up the like button that you can leave comments on, do you?

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      1. Go to: Login | Facebook
      2. Click on the + Set Up New Application button (at the top right of the page)
      3. Type your Application Name (example: Mysite-Name Likes) > select Agree > click on Create Application
      4. Go to the Connect tab (on the left tabs-list)
      5. Enter your site url with an ending slash in Connect URL and click on Save Changes (for example: http://mysitedomainname.com/)
      6. You will see your Application ID number (below your app API & Secret)
      7. It will take between 2 to 20 minutes until it will be ready to use with.

      I got those instructions from this article: Some High-Tech Tips: Facebook Like button XFBML tutorial

      You'll have to check that out if you have extra questions. Also, this article has some helpful video tutorials:
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      Does anybody know anything about those facebook bar thingies that some people have on the side of their page?

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