Facebook "Like" Button Celebrates First Birthday

One year ago the Facebook “Like” button hit the market as a feature to popularize a post. Since then the button has become synonymous across all parts of the web, and according to statistics is being installed daily on thousands of new websites.

The ever popular button was first introduced at the F8 developer’s conference, along with Facebook Open Graph and instant personalization. In the first week, the button was installed on 50,000+ websites, and in less than a month grew quickly to 100,000+ in just less than a month.

The number of websites integrating this button has not stopped growing, Facebook said yesterday that the number is still growing and is added to 10,000+ websites a day. This growth has been on a steady up rise and hasn’t slowed down in the past six months according to COO Sheryl Sandberg. Facebook says that more than 2.5 million websites have already integrated the Facebook “Like” button so far, this even includes more than 80% of the top 100 websites.

The Facebook button has become a staple and must have for any website, Google has even taken notice and created a similar service called +1 which lets Googlers rate search results. In a study done a short time ago by Eventbrite, a Facebook “Like” is more profitable than a tweet.

The Facebook “Like” button is everywhere, even at the top of this blog post. So please, click the “Like” button at the top of this post and leave a comment telling us why you love/hate the button and if it has changed your web experience.