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4:15 pm on Nov 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

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My site seems to have moved from first to fifth rank after I placed an FB like button. Could it be that a like button is detrimental to ranking on GG?
3:44 pm on Nov 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The FB like button has impact on search engine rankings.
6:18 pm on Nov 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone verify this? I'm removing the FB Like button I just added for now.
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That should read "The FB like button has no impact on search engine rankings"

But I was unable to edit the post?
5:50 am on Dec 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I don't think that's the case.
1:41 pm on Dec 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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i had the exact same question... check this thread [webmasterworld.com...]
11:13 am on Dec 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I think there is. Google said it.

Last May, they said that they weren't using facebook and twitter signals to determine the relevance of the site.

Now, december they said that they do now.
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I'd say probably the clickstream data is saying people aren't clicking through to your actions and this may be decreasing your ranking. I've never heard of Facebook like buttons or Facebook Connect changing your rankings. The only thing I can think of is user-based algorithms messing with the ranking of your site.
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I've heard Google has changed its algorithm because it couldn't distinquish between positive and negative signals. Apparently a small company got to a top position for its keywords by being rude to customers who in turn gave negative signals/ dislikes/ reviews.

Google got caught out on this so I would say it is a consideration and an increasing part of the puzzle.