Facebook launches Send button, a private Like

Ronny Kerr · April 25, 2011 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/19ac

On the year anniversary of Like button and Graph API release, Send button hits 50 websites

Just one year after Facebook launched new developer features (Like button, Graph API) at the f8 conference in San Francisco, the company is announcing a brand new social plugin sure to take over the Web: the Send button.

A sort of private Like button, the Send button is essentially just a new way to share Web pages or other Web content with friends and family on Facebook. If you’ve ever clicked a Like button, then you know that doing so publishes a mini-story to the News Feed for anyone and everyone to see. As an alternative to the wide amplification range of the Like button, the Send button will allow users to selectively choose certain people to share those Web items with.

Here’s an example of how Web developers are encouraged to implement the new plugin, right beside the Like button:

The page can be sent as a Facebook Message, as a post to a Group, or as an email to an individual. What makes the plugin so powerful is that users only have to be logged into Facebook. There’s no need to remember your friends’ email addresses or leave the Web page at all. You just click the button, type in your friends’ names or group name and send away.

With attention necessarily turned to Groups, Facebook has decided to provide a few updates for that service as well.

Questions are now integrated with Groups, so you can ask a select group of people instead of asking your entire social network. Entire photo albums, not just singles, can now be uploaded to Groups by any member. Group owners now have further control over membership since they must approve any new additions. Finally, users in some older groups can upgrade them to the new format introduced back in October.

Only six months after launching the revamped functionality, Facebook users have created over 50 million Groups. Since the Send button only adds to the benefits of Facebook Groups, each will probably fuel the other’s growth. It will be interesting to see whether the Send button is adopted as quickly and nearly ubiquitously as we’ve seen with the Like button.

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