Facebook is trying out with a ‘sympathize’ button : worldleaks
You must have faced this dilemma a hundred times in the past few years. There are statuses just too sensitive to hit the ‘Like’ button. How do you react to the news of the death of a friend’s aunt on Facebook without looking like a total jerk? With social media more and more taking over our private space – at the dinner table, during conversations, in the bedroom and at work – the pressure to commiserate is just too great for Facebook to neglect at the moment.
This was first published by The Huffington Post which quoted a Facebook engineer as saying that the social network has “informally experimented with an alternative to ‘like’ – specifically, the ‘sympathize’ button”.
The demand and need for a button less upbeat than the ‘Like’ is ever growing since users complained of the awkwardness of ‘liking’ someone’s sombre status – the death of a pet, the rant against a parent or a traumatic break up. Between a comment and being seen as an insensitive idiot – the options are limited at the moment.
The report said that another Facebook engineer, Dan Muriello, said at a Compassion Research Day event, if a person chose a slowness negative emotion like ‘sad’ or ‘depressed’ from Facebook’s fixed list of feelings, the ‘like’ button would be relabeled ‘sympathize.’
Facebook toyed with a ‘sympathize’ button at their hackathon but the ‘dislike’ button might not happen anytime soon.
The Huffington Post quoted a Facebook spokesman as saying that some of their best ideas came from hackathons.
“The many ideas that don’t get followed often help us think differently about how we can improve our service,” he said.
Earlier, product engineer Bob Baldwin had said that the ‘dislike’ button wasn’t happening any time soon. If Facebook can stick to it’s words, it’s a great decision, really. A dislike button on a social networking site that has hundreds of thousands of young users – many of them clambering with body image issues – will be a trigger for negativity.
Facebook mothers will be a formidable group that will put up a spirited fight with the ‘dislike’ button linked to their daily stream of baby pictures. If you weren’t born on the World War II, simply imagine ‘disliking’ a baby’s photo.
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