Whats the latest hype with Facebook? The social networking site has unleashed its chains breaking free of its domain as it lets you “like” things all over/anywhere on the Web.

Facebook  Like buttons for the entire web. They are the same Like buttons you  see on Facebook, which will now be seen on various websites.
If you are a webmaster, you might be interested in implementing this on your blog/website right away, since it lets users to share something they find interesting on your website on click of a button.

The Like button enables users to make connections to your pages and share content back to their friends on Facebook with one click. Since the content is hosted by Facebook, the button can display personalized content whether or not the user has logged into your site. For logged-in Facebook users, the button is personalized to highlight friends who have also liked the page. The basic Like button is available via a simple iframe you can drop into your page easily. A fuller-featured Like button is available via the <fb:like> XFBML tag and requires you use the new JavaScript SDK. The XFBML version allows users to add a comment to their like as it is posted back to Facebook.

If your web pages represent profiles of real-world things — things like movies, sports teams, celebrities, and restaurants, you can optionally use the Open Graph protocol to enable users to establish lasting connections to your pages. Your pages show up in more places on Facebook and you gain the ability to publish stream stories to connected users.”

Adding meta data to your web pages:

•    og:title – The title of your page; if not specified, the title element will be used.
•    og:site_name – The name of your web site, e.g., “CNN” or “IMDb”.
•    og:image – The URL of the best picture for this page. The image must be at least 50px by 50px and have a maximum aspect ratio of 3:1.
For example if you are creating a page about the movie ‘The Rock’ you would include this meta data:
•    <meta property=”og:title” content=”The Rock”/>
•    <meta property=”og:site_name” content=”IMDb”/>
•    <meta property=”og:image” content=”http://ia.media-imdb.com/rock.jpg”/>

Find out more at: developers.facebook.com

How to Add Facebook Like Button on WordPress Blogs?

Implementing Facebook’s Like button on your WordPress  blog doesn’t get any simpler either. It took the WordPress community no more than a few days to introduce a vast array of WP Plugins.

Here are my personal picks for WordPress Facebook Like Plugins. As always, if you try these plugins, please do let me know your thoughts.

Facebook Open Graph Widget

In order to add this widget to Facebook you must be a member of Facebook. The widget will not appear unless you set your Facebook ID in the widget options. Your Facebook ID is the long number that Facebook uses to identify you, or you can use your unique username if you have one. If you can’t find your user id, try looking in your photos. I found mine in the URL to the albums.

Great Plugin. Lots of little tweeks. Also a widget.

WordPress-Facebook-Like

Simple. Lightweight. Awesome (and every time someone clicks “like” that activity will show up in their Facebook stream and bring traffic back to your blog.

This one is my favorite. Simple and to the point. Very minimal.