This question was asked of me in a spam comment, but I thought it was worth addressing.
As best I can tell, in order to have a “like this on Facebook” button on a WordPress site, I would have to have a Facebook account. I am boycotting Facebook.
I tend to be skeptical of anything that “everybody” is doing, such as cell phones. While I’m pretty sure Facebook does not cause brain cancer, I’m seeing on an almost daily basis that it has negative effects on people’s ability to socialize normally in real life or to do what they’re doing without being detrimentally distracted. For example, last night the people in front of me turned their backs on the gorgeous fireworks display in order to show each other on their cell phones the Facebook accounts they had set up specifically to demean people they don’t like. (They were talking so loudly about it that everyone in a ten-foot radius had no choice but to hear about it, complete with the obscene nicknames they’d made up, even as we kept our eyes on the show.) I’ve been on the Internet via desktop computers for 20 years, and I know its lure is powerful and I can easily be sucked into spending far too much time online. I don’t want a new time-sucker, especially if it turns me into a jerk.
Furthermore, from what I hear from friends and family and online acquaintances who are Facebook users, Facebook’s much-vaunted ability to put everyone in touch often translates into a much more indirect and superficial form of “in touch” than I prefer. It seems that many people think looking at their Facebook wall is just as good as receiving a personal note from them, so they need not bother actually communicating with you directly anymore. In my own direct experience, long-distance friends who used to e-mail me every few months got onto Facebook and no longer communicate with me in any form, not because they stopped liking me but because I don’t exist in their new world. That’s chilling. I don’t want to get into that. I mean, I like e-mail, but when I had e-mail 5-10 years before some people I knew, I didn’t stop calling them on the phone or writing them paper letters.
There are also security risks with Facebook. All the people I most respect for their knowledge of computers and Internet sanity either do not use Facebook or have a very basic profile just to help people find them and connect to Facebook only under carefully limited circumstances. That speaks volumes to me.
If you like one of my articles and want to share it on Facebook, that’s fine. It is possible for you to do it without my hosting a “like” button–that “Share” button at the bottom of the article offers the option of sharing via Facebook. I thought my qualms about Facebook were worth explaining, but if Facebook is just one of the ways you communicate, you are welcome here and welcome to tell your Facebook friends about me.