How To Use The Facebook Send Button

adam   •   May 06, 2011   •   10 Comments
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Recently Facebook released a new kind of button. The “send” button and I believe this is a great button that replaces a lot of no longer supported or barely support functionality within Facebook’s FBML.

Unlike the “like” button, the “send” button is for specifically sending a message and a link to a group of people on your friends list. I believe this is a great replacement for the “Share” button and the “Suggest To Friends” FBML.

Why A Great Replacement?

Share Button

The share button has always been there to let people know of content you find that you want to let your friends know about. But when this was depreciated and replaced by the “Like” button it never really gave the same meaning. You might not actually like the content you are sharing but want others to see it and discuss it. The send button allows people to do this.

Suggest To Friends

Ever since the width of the Facebook fan page reduced to 520px there have been problems with the FBML suggest to friends functionality. With continuing issues now that FBML Facebook applications are depreciated, it is fair to say that the FBML suggest to friends functionality is a casuality of Facebook’s continuing improvements.

Now I recommend using the “Send” button. It serves the same purpose and can be easily embedded in your new iFrame apps.

Coding The Facebook Send Button

You can easily create your own by going to Send Button – Facebook.

1. Load The Javascript SDK (if you haven’t already)

<div id="fb-root"></div>

<script>
FB.init({
appId  : 'YOUR APP ID',
status : true, // check login status
cookie : true, // enable cookies to allow the server to access the session
xfbml  : true  // parse XFBML
});
</script>

2. Send Button Code

<fb:send href="example.com"></fb:send>

or a quick trick. If you have a Facebook like already on your website just add send=true to your fb:like code.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amsi-Maganti/100002119936807 Amsi Maganti

    thanks u helped me alot

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amsi-Maganti/100002119936807 Amsi Maganti

    thanks u helped me alot

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1646136923 Mandi Andreasen

    can we put the send button on our facebook page?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Mandi

      Apologies for the late reply. What did you mean by adding a fb send button to your facebook page. As on your welcome page? If so then yes you can, you just need to enter the above code into your html in your iFrame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1646136923 Mandi Andreasen

    can we put the send button on our facebook page?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Mandi

      Apologies for the late reply. What did you mean by adding a fb send button to your facebook page. As on your welcome page? If so then yes you can, you just need to enter the above code into your html in your iFrame.

  • Iciar Novo

    Any hack to change the word SEND for another one?… like INVITE… many thanks for the article, very useful :)

    • Anonymous

      Hi Iciar. Unfortunately I do not know of any way to change the wording of the button. I do not think it can be done as Facebook like to control these things tightly.

  • Iciar Novo

    Any hack to change the word SEND for another one?… like INVITE… many thanks for the article, very useful :)

    • Anonymous

      Hi Iciar. Unfortunately I do not know of any way to change the wording of the button. I do not think it can be done as Facebook like to control these things tightly.