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Facebook mobile's 5-star system spreads to desktop

Facebook is extending its five-star rating system for Pages from mobile to desktop.

The option, currently available via the Facebook mobile apps, allows users to rate and comment on businesses that have a page on the social-networking site. The Yelp-like system goes beyond a simple "like," allowing for more in-depth raves or complaints.

For those who would rather type up a review on their PC rather than tap it out from a smartphone or tablet, though, star ratings are now extending to the Web.

"We're extending star ratings on Facebook from mobile to desktop — to make it easier for people to discover great businesses around them," a Facebook spokeswoman said. "This is beneficial for both businesses and consumers. Star ratings encourage more people to rate a business, making it eligible to appear in the News Feed and help others discover a business they didn't know about previously. For businesses themselves, this also leads to greater brand awareness."

The ratings system first launched in early 2012, alongside the introduction of "Nearby" on the Facebook mobile app.

"Now we're bringing the visibility of star ratings to a more prominent spot at the top of Pages' timeline on desktop and to the preview in News Feed," the spokeswoman said.

The function will be rolling out globally over the coming weeks.

In related news, Facebook on Wednesday launched a revamped set of Like and Share buttons, ditching the iconic "thumbs up" for a more uniform look across websites. The refurbished Like options now comes in the same format as its Share counterpart: a blue and white rectangle with the network's logo.

These updates, however, came as Facebook this morning experienced a brief glitch that locked some users out of their profile and other pages, according to The Next Web. By 1 pm ET, Facebook resolved the hour-long problem, which a spokesman told the tech blog prevented people from loading Timeline or Pages content.