Thumbs up for Facebook Like Machines

Ever wonder whether you could have gotten a Facebook deal for your favorite dining spot if you had "liked" the restaurant before you left home?

Now, restaurants and retailers are giving you that convenience on the spot.

The Facebook Like Machine, created by Palm Beach Gardens resident Will Damhuis, has been popping up around South Florida at restaurants and sporting and charity events.

It's an instant way for customers to "like" their favorite retailers and restaurants on the popular social-networking site, enabling the businesses to build a relationship with them. Customers reap savings, rewards, deals and freebies.