I've added Facebook "like" buttons to every page with content. And it has me wondering; is this a good idea?
It's not easy to say, but I think so. In fact, the EU wanted to create some strict rules for websites in general (and social networks in particular) that would immediately point out why Google has a few very important advantages over Facebook.
Please note that I am not disputing both Google's and Facebook's tendency to be privacy vacuum cleaners.
Hah! If only. Personally I prefer more anonymous sites. While it's easy to see that anonymous actions means a -lot- of crap, it also means more surprises and variety, and surprisingly less spam. On Facebook, my block-list is enormous as I have no desire to see random messages from "Hey, check how well you match with that" or "Someone wants you to help out their meager existence in Farm-ville" or whatever is the game of the week.
But one cannot deny how much traffic is generated by something as simple as an "I like" button. One can only hope that Google's social network (the upcoming one, not Buzz or Wave) will have a chance at survival.
There's like buttons on this or any other page on which people can comment. Well I also changed the design of the site somewhat and more changes are incoming, but it's not like anyone notices... Or do you?
If you wish to disable Facebook on any other page than Facebook itself (so no like buttons, no 'comment here with your facebook acccount, etc.) all you need to do is us a proper browser, like Opera, Chrome or Firefox, and use AdBlock Plus. Add a rule with the following code to get rid of it completely, while facebook.com keeps working.
(You have to use the whole next line.)