Facebook Drops “Become A Fan”, Replaces with “Like”

Facebook Drops “Become A Fan”, Replaces with “Like”

Did you notice the change to your Facebook Fan Page today?

Facebook has actually dropped the “Become a Fan” button from your Facebook Fan Page, and has replaced it with the “Like” button.

Here’s an image of what it looks like now on my Facebook Fan Page default landing page / custom “call to action” tab:

Not only is the change directly affecting the way that people follow your Facebook Fan Pages, but it also dramatically changes the layout of your Facebook Fan Page.

Now, where the “fans” section used to be, you now see two different elements:

1) ¬†Friends who have “liked” your site

2) ¬†Everyone else who has “liked” your site.

Here’s a screenshot of what the left hand side of my Facebook Fan Page looks like with this new change – and again, this is where my “Fans” box used to be:

But “Liking” a Facebook Fan Page is much different than someone “liking” an update from a friend.

When you “Like” a Facebook Fan Page, this is the equivalent of “Becoming a Fan” – you will receive all of that pages’ updates in your news stream – regardless of who your friends are.

Here’s more info from Facebook on the changes:

Why did “Become a Fan” change to “Like”?

To improve your experience and promote consistency across the site, we’ve changed the language for Pages from “Fan” to “Like.” We believe this change offers you a more light-weight and standard way to connect with people, things and topics in which you are interested.

What does it mean to “Like” a Page?

When you click “Like” on a Page, you are making a connection to that Page. The Page will be displayed in your profile, and in turn, you will be displayed on the Page as a person who likes that Page. The Page will also be able to post content into your News Feed.

Is there a difference between “Liking” an item a friend posts and “Liking” a Page?

Yes. Liking a Page means you are connecting to that Page. When you connect to a Page, it will appear in your profile and you will appear on the Page as a person who likes that Page. The Page will also be able to post content into your News Feed.

Read more about the “Liking a page”.