Jetpack 2.2: Likes

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about the web, it’s that people really like to like things. That’s why the latest version of Jetpack introduces a “Like” feature. The new feature enables a “Like” area at the bottom of your posts and pages. A button allows your readers to show appreciation for your posts as well as save your posts for later viewing on WordPress.com using the Reader.

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Once a user likes your post, their Gravatar will be displayed below your content, allowing you to engage with them further. You’ll also receive a notification in your toolbar if you have the notifications module enabled, and an email notifying you of the action.

Likes isn’t the only new feature in this release. We’ve also added a Readmill widget, a bulk spam feature to the contact form, improved our Pinterest share button integration, and a slew of bug fixes.

For a complete list of changes, see the changelog.

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36 Responses to Jetpack 2.2: Likes

  1. pensato says:

    This is great. Jetpack is answering all my wishes, one by one.

    Thank you.

  2. Dave Z says:

    Off topic, I know but I’d really love a way to import Feedburner email subscribers into Jetpack’s subscribe function. Google seems to have abandoned that product and it’s experienced some outages lately. So the sooner we can move into Jetpack the better. Thanks for the consideration!

  3. lewp says:

    It would be nice if my blog would allow comments. Been trying for a year to solve this mystery.

    Sent from my iPhone

  4. Carrie says:

    Oh nice! Thanks for adding the spam feature! Been waiting on that for a long time. :-)

  5. marfisk says:

    Oh, beautiful. Thanks for this. Both as a reader and a blogger, having a “like” button means people who don’t have something specific to say but want to tell you they were there can do so instead of stealthing it or leaving a comment that just makes them feel like they didn’t make the effort.

  6. CAN THIS BE DISABLED????

    J.

  7. Alberto Cruz says:

    Hi! Could i generate a feed about my likes?

  8. Tom Culver says:

    Way to go guys and gals! Thanks!

  9. karthik says:

    Thanks for adding nice feature as like in wordpress.com blog. Very happy to update jetpack to new version:)

  10. fitolddog says:

    Sounds good. Thanks, I’ll give it a try. JetPack is great. -k

    Sent from my iPhone

  11. It’s working great. I’ve been waiting for this, thank you so much!

    • You are so right Justin, and Berry! :)
      I’m the editor of a group salon (blog) Self hosting is the right solution for us, but the one thing our wordpress.com users cry most loudly for is their beloved Like button!

      Now we can have all the substance of a great WordPress blog… and all the social friendliness of that Facebook thingy! :) TY!

  12. flyingmonkey says:

    > That’s why the latest version of Jetpack introduces
    > a “Like” feature. The new feature enables a “Like”
    > area at the bottom of your posts and pages.

    What would be really helpful would be share buttons at the top of screens, as you commonly see in sites:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/feb/26/markets-rocked-italy-political-stalemate

    One thing that bothers me about Jetpack—amid the cloud of extremely useful features—is that when you click “Learn More” next to modules, the module often activates, and you have to press deactivate (if you notice).

    Can “Learn More” be separated from the activation of the modules? It’s deceptive navigation for a start and has caused a few problems by enabling things which were unintended.

  13. Maor Chasen says:

    What a wicked update! Thanks for all you do Justin!

  14. This is fantastic! I’ve been hoping for quite a while that this feature would be included in JetPack – Thank you!!

  15. Alex Phelps says:

    Reblogged this on alexphelps.me and commented:
    I love Jetpack!

  16. Not exactly brilliant for a self hosted blog where most of your visitors won’t have a wordpress.com account. they won’t bother to log in anywhere if they are only clicking “like” :/

  17. Mónica Guerra Leiria says:

    Jetpack has been growing more and more useful with each update. Thank you! :)

  18. Simply Beautiful !!!

  19. babypalms says:

    Been blogging a bit and finally got a response from one of my readers today from my web site and other message board.

  20. Velda says:

    Rad. And on a side note, can I be the only one who tried to click the “Like” button in the picture and was surprised when it came up in carousel view? Derp. ;-D Good job here, Jetpack.

  21. riseoflex88 says:

    Love it, but want to place it only in certain areas.

    With the sharing tools there is a filter e.g.
    remove_filter( ‘the_content’, ‘sharing_display’, 19 );

    What’s the equivalent for the like button?

  22. Gadlen says:

    I’m excited about having a good “like” button but I’m a bit disappointed that the Jetpack implementation so forcefully requires a WordPress.com login and it doesn’t really explain what’s going on. I clicked on “Like” and it immediately opened a new window asking me to log in to WordPress.com with no other explanation. This is liable to confuse users. A better explanation for users would help. The ability to leave a semi-anonymous Like would help (but might be fraught with spam). The ability to leave an anonymous Like would help.

    Thanks and rock on.

  23. Thanks, but no thanks, guys. I’m with Michael Cashman and Gadlen. I moved my personal blog from .com to self-hosted, then activated the new “like” button. People who neither have nor want a WP account are really upset they have to get an account and sign in just to let me know they appreciated my article. That wasn’t necessary in the past. Not everyone is comfortable doing that, and when I run across a “log in to do simple task” I head for the hills and don’t go back to the site. Unless I can find a way in the files to sweet talk it out of forcing a login I will definitely removing it, hoping it will be optional some time soon.

    • Tim Moore says:

      Likes comes disabled by default and you can deactivate them again by going in Jetpack, clicking on Learn More by the Likes box, then Deactivate.

      Our Like button works in the same fashion as Facebook, Twitter, Stumble, etc. Any of those services require an account, as well, to use. In order for us to record who liked your post and prevent Like spam, it requires a simple login before clicking the Like button.

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