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Subject: My home page
Date Posted: 9/12/2010 10:58 AM ET
Member Since: 1/16/2008
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Can anyone tell me what the meaning is behind the facebook "like" symbol and the number (x people like this) comment under my infomation on the main page?

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Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/12/2010 11:48 AM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2005
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It's the number of people who've clicked the little Like button next to that Facebook symbol. It somehow connects to PBS' Facebook page.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 7:24 PM ET
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I'm still not understanding.  Is my avitar on face book and people vote on it?  When I click on the like button it prompts me to log into face book.  I don't have a account on facebook ( in the minority here) so I am not understanding the connection.  How are people voting and what exactly are they voting on?

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 8:18 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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Nobody is voting on anything. If you have a facebook account, and you click the button, you'll share the link with your facebook friends. It's just a way to share your interests with your buddies.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 8:56 PM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2010
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I can see how this would be confusing if you don't use Facebook. On Facebook, it's common for people to post things that say they like something. I might mark on Facebook that I like Dickens, or that I like a certain TV show, or that I like singing in the shower. When I say that on Facebook, all my friends get a message that says, "Beth likes singing in the shower."

PBS has made it easy for me to say "Beth likes Paperback Swap," along with a link to this site. All I have to do is click that button, and assuming I'm logged in to my Facebook account, all my friends will see something that says I like Paperback Swap. (I haven't done this exact thing so I might be getting some of the details wrong, but this is the idea.) Also, later, if people are checking out my stuff on Facebook, there is (I believe) a spot where the things I like is posted, and Paperback Swap would show up there. Good advertising for PBS.

If any of my friends had already "liked" PBS, then when I saw that PBS main page, it would say, "Jane Smith and Mark Austin like this." That could be useful information for me, if I was coming to PBS for the first time and trying to figure out if I was interested in it. I could contact them and ask them for details, for example, or I judge just based on that endorsement. 

I don't think that right under our personal information is quite the right place for it, because it's not clear what the "this" is that people are liking: it is Paperback Swap, not your personal information.

Hope this clarifies things!

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 8:51 AM ET
Member Since: 1/16/2008
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Thanks everyone!  I get it now.  And yes, Elizabeth, where they have it is confusing.  I thought my profile was on face book when I am not even a member.