Facebook Adding A Dislike Button
You know you’ve thought it; I certainly have. Why doesn’t Facebook have a dislike button? Well, prepare to be amazed! Yesterday, Mark Zukerberg, co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, intimated that they were very close testing a dislike button for folks like you and me.
Here’s the scoop and the skinny on this topic from some folks who really get it:
NY Times calls Facebook the “world’s largest forum for self-expression” and goes on to say that an unlike button would make Facebook less friendly – but isn’t that at least half of what self-expression entails? Likes and Dislikes? I rather think so.
The 1.5 billions users of Facebook sen to think so as they have long requested a way to express negative emotions or sadness for a tragic post. Of course we do!
One person hinted that he would dislike the dislike button though because he thinks there is enough hate on Facebook and other social sharing sites.
A social media analyst, Debra Aho Williamson, has worried that with election season getting into full swing, a dislike button that can be expressed at the flick of a finger might make things turn really ugly.
But I posit my question again. Isn’t self expression about both positive and negative? I suppose there are draw backs, but, doesn’t that serve a purpose too? Mark Zuckerberg is hoping to meet the needs of the community in a way that ends up being a force for good and not bad. But that is dependent on the users, who are human after all.
Original Source: Coming Soon to Facebook: A ‘Dislike’ Button
EOnline has pointed out that hitting “like” to show you understand or empathize with someone’s depressed or depressing news is just not acceptable. And I’ll agree with that. Enter the dislike button! But no matter how easy it is to hit a button to like or dislike the range of human emotions can not be so reduced.
Facebook doesn’t want the dislike button to be a reedit-style down-voting thing though. And that’s understandable. Except when it comes to American Idol teeny bopper votes should not matter (well, okay, maybe not then either, in my humble opinion.) Except for businesses who are, let’s face it, already at the mercy of the general populace, in personal realms we can choose who we let have access to our posts and how we respond to the posts of those we know.
If my best friends can’t tell me they are sad when I’m sad, or that they empathize with my situation they aren’t really my friends. And more so, if I don’t take into consideration anything they might have to add to my viewpoint by a dislike, I’m not theirs nor they mine. Friends should be able to frown upon our stances, words, or actions and be received. I need the input of my friends to keep me on track.
Anyone so lightly considered as to be “unfriended” because they are tired of me posting pictures of my friends shouldn’t be connected with me anyway.
To address this type of issue Mashable.com has stated that the new dislike button is “probably not exactly what you think.”
“However, he also said it wouldn’t be a way for users to “downvote” posts and instead would let users express other emotions besides the inferred positivity of the Like button.”
“Considering Facebook is by far the largest driver of traffic to news publications, this feature has the potential to be a big deal. When a Dislike button becomes a reality, companies and users would have to radically shift the strategy of what they post.”
Original Source: A Facebook Dislike button — or something like it — is coming soon
No matter how they roll this out, there will be backlash and praise alike. You simply can’t please all the people, even some of the time. And, my dear readers, is exactly why we need a dislike button!