Facebook "want" button coming soon, says developer

By on June 29, 2012, 3:30 PM

Facebook already allows members to express themselves in a number of different ways, from posting basic status updates and liking things to sharing what songs you are listening to and even sharing your organ donor status. But according to developer Tom Waddington, the social networking company has added a new “want” tag to their Javascript software development kit.

Inside Facebook points out that the button is not publicly listed on the company’s Facebook developer site alongside other plugins. Waddington says that the button will be a part of Facebook’s Open Graph, only showing up on items that are marked as a product. For example, you could “want” a new car but you wouldn’t be able to “want” your favorite band or movie star.

A similar function already exists as a third party app but users have to authorize them to create stories on their Timeline and News Feed. Many tech savvy users shy away from installing any third party apps on the social site out of fear that an app could end up compromising their account. Getting rid of the third party app and implementing the feature directly into Facebook will no doubt result in greater participation.

Adding the feature will allow Facebook to collect even more data about a user’s interests, something that could be used for advertising purposes. The move would also assist e-commerce fan sites as those companies would no longer have to create their own apps to accomplish the same goal.

No word yet on when exactly this new feature is scheduled to roll out.




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ikesmasher said:

no one asked for a want button.

People keep asking for a dislike button.

Thats one of the reasons (apart from the obvious) that people hate facebook-they do random crap we dont ask for and dont do the things we do ask for. the whole chat overhaul was more annoying than it was helpful.

Guest said:

Is that button specifically designed for the FB share/like whores?

Guest said:

Great.....yet another scheme for market survey.

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

no one asked for a want button.

People keep asking for a dislike button.

Thats one of the reasons (apart from the obvious) that people hate facebook-they do random crap we dont ask for and dont do the things we do ask for. the whole chat overhaul was more annoying than it was helpful.

I was gonna say the same thing. But apart from that, they should just change the homepage or maybe add the dislike button which is the only way to discourage spammers or haters at least. It's really getting ugly.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

Because the only thing cooler than letting all your friends know what you like is letting them know about all the things you want, but don't have.

Guest said:

lol guys hey look a new button for sex offenders woo hoo trolololol

treetops treetops said:

no one asked for a want button.

People keep asking for a dislike button.

Thats one of the reasons (apart from the obvious) that people hate facebook-they do random crap we dont ask for and dont do the things we do ask for. the whole chat overhaul was more annoying than it was helpful.

Yeah I like the dislike button in yahoo, I bet all the companies advertising on FB will never allow a dislike button.

Guest said:

Im so sick of facebook

jackal2687 said:

lol. If you don't like FB, then don't use it! In the meantime complain about democracy or tig ole bitties elsewhere.

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