Fury Friday: The Facebook 'Like' button

Fury Friday: The Facebook 'Like' button

Summary: Fury Friday: I'll be jumping on the soapbox each Friday and letting rip into the things of the week that have annoyed the living daylights out of me. This week: The Facebook 'Like' button

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Every Friday, I'll be jumping on the soapbox and letting rip into the things of the week that have annoyed the living daylights out of me. Think of a dumbed down version of Peter Griffin's 'Grind my Gears'.

Just before I get started on the usual rants and raves of the week, a brief look at the other things which have riled me up this week:

  1. Overweight people eating salads alfresco;
  2. HM Revenue and Customs, the UK tax office;
  3. North Korea.

And onto the meat in the sandwich.

The Facebook 'Like' button is everywhere on the web, allowing you to keep Facebook signed in on another window or in the background, and you to share other links, pages, news stories and the rest around the web outside of the site. Yes, it has some wonderful implications and allows you to share more about the web with your closely knit group of friends (on the most part, at least).

But the 'Like' button has diluted the indication of pleasure, just as the entire site has watered down the concept of actual, real-life friends. You can 'like' absolutely anything on the web, and frankly this just makes the web more unattractive and pointless.

Take this stellar example as the epitome of what I hate most about this damned button. You'll see what I mean.

Great news! They're alive, safe and well, and no less in a beautiful paradise like Fiji. They're tired, but they're in generally good health.

Excuse me?! Four people actually liked this story.

What's to like: the brutal beating and mugging of an 80-year old man, or liking the structure of the story as it was reported, or liking the fact that the Formula 1 chief has a Brazilian girlfriend a fraction of his age?

By all means, just below this sentence you will find the dreaded 'Like' button, so use it to air your pleasure, discomfort, annoyance, stress, happiness, financial situation or sexual preference. Because after all, that is what it's for - an acknowledgement of something about anything.

Grawwrr.

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  • RE: Fury Friday: The Facebook 'Like' button

    Wow. Such fury over something....stupid & unimportant.
    samalie
  • Dislike Button

    For years people have been asking Facebook for a "Dislike" button but the answers (if ever they came) were always "We don't want to promote negativity" - what?!?! How can you say that when you can "Like" the fact that someones status says they've just been diagnosed with terminal cancer? or there's a news article saying that another of our troops has been killed in Afghanistan?

    Makes no sense really does it
    wildmind
    • For the same reason ZDnet removed it

      @wildmind It's supposed to be implied by the lack of "like". Just not the same though. There are some that should get the dislike treatment.
      happyharry_z
    • I always felt

      @wildmind
      that there should be an "acknowledge" or "I feel ya" or a 'dude that sucks' button that sits next to the 'like' one.

      Joey
      voyager529
    • RE: Fury Friday: The Facebook 'Like' button

      @wildmind

      The real shame is the lack of a DISLIKE button on ZDNet blogs. We used to be able to indicate our displeasure with the latest right-wing raves by Rudy or Zack's innocent cluelessness.

      Instead we just get to avoid hitting LIKE and bloggers luxuriate in sycophantic LIKEs without realising the sea of DISLIKE their article has raised.

      So bring on a DISLIKE button please ;-)
      tonymcs@...
  • Heh, talk to the ZDNet webpage author too . . .

    Couldn't help but notice that:

    -At the top of the page, there's a "Recommend" button with a thumbs up, but no thumbs down.

    -At the bottom of the page is that "Like" button for Facebook!

    Time to talk to the web developer of ZDNet. Although I suspect he's busy avoiding work.

    I don't really thing having a "like" without a "dislike" really gives any useful information. It's like politics: You're better off hearing both sides of the story, even if you don't like the other side, because it will give you a greater understanding of what's happening.

    Let's say an article has 4 likes and 4 dislikes. Now let's say another has 4 likes and 8000 dislikes.

    The difference is obvious - and completely lost when the dislike button is removed.

    I'm sorry, but this attitude of ignoring dislikes is far more harmful than the dislikes themselves.
    CobraA1
    • RE: Fury Friday: The Facebook 'Like' button

      @CobraA1 YouTube has it, actually. I think it can have its good and bad sides...
      zwhittaker