More Buttons Than “Like” on FB: Yes or No? Discussion

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I found an interesting post today on Mashable: Facebook needs a ‘Sympathy’ button argues for more comment button options. The same idea might well apply to many other venues. The best option, it seems, would be to take the time to actually say something, i.e. comment, but ‘Like’ and other such buttons serve a real need. They let you offer someone a gesture, however small, without investing comments. It’s rather awkward, though, to “like” someone’s cancer or car crash, say.  Like it? No, I don’t! What’s wrong with more suitable options?

One reason: such buttons enable the very broad, often extremely shallow communities so common on social media. Should we have options to let us steam ahead into this new reality, or not? Who should decide? I have decidedly mixed feelings: my purist and practical sides remain tied in a tug of war.

Help me out, please! What do you think: more buttons, less, same? What buttons would you add, and to which sites? It is, after all, social media…


  1. I think there should be a whole sheet of buttons which cover FEE’s – Frequently Experienced Emotions and THR’s Typical Human Responses, but this might cut down on comments, but again the upside is that I’d be able to read more posts by a wider range of people.

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  2. We should probably take a minute to comment on something but that’s not always possible – I think a ‘like’ has become a sort of shorthand for solidarity at least. And there’s always the emojis, if you have any idea how to use them (unlike me)

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  3. I usually click like on bad news and then feel compelled to clarify that I liked the post or wanted to send positive thoughts, without liking what happened. I wouldn’t wasn’t the extra buttons as Facebook has done enough to lower the standard for what is acceptable interaction.

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  4. I chose not to put a “like” on this post not because I didn’t like it, but because I wanted to practice what I am about to say. I think we could add more buttons or less, meaning, do away with “like” altogether or add others such as “I’m sorry” or “that sucks”. I used two really bad examples on purpose. How do you pick what else to use. You could end up having so many buttons there would be no room – or need – to comment. On the other hand, take away “like” and people who don’t comment still won’t and you have no idea if anyone paid any attention to your post. So, that still leaves the question unanswered.

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