Now is the season of our discontent...
Yes, after years of begging, pleading and making every joke under the sun, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally unveiled the upcoming addition of the “dislike” button to the Facebook phenomenon.
In a live broadcast streamed today (September 15th, 2015) Zuckerberg confirmed that the social media site would be undergoing some changes, one of which was the “Dislike” function.
In his statement, he said:
“People have asked for a dislike button for many years, and probably hundreds and hundreds of people have asked for this, and today is a special day because today is the day I get to say we are working on it.”
He further noted:
“Not every moment is a good moment. If you share something that’s sad, like a refugee crisis that touches you or a family member passes away, it may not be comfortable to ‘like’ that post...I do think it’s important to give people more options that liking it.”
However, Facebook has gone even further and it seems that the forthcoming update will include a variation of emotions to convey how you relate to a post.
Who knows, content may even be tailored to your specific taste based on your likes and dislikes and what appears most often in your newsfeed.
But that’s just my speculation.
It seems that the reason the Dislike option was not in being, like other forums and sites, is because it spreads a sense of negativity, which Zuckerberg says “isn’t what we’re here to build in this world.”
However, Facebook wants to give people other options than just liking things, and wishes to allow their users to express empathy. As they succinctly note, not every moment is a good moment.
We’ve all had that moment where you tread the line between liking for empathy’s sake, or commenting as a like seemed inappropriate. With this new update, it should make that decision a little easier.
Zuckerberg says that they are very close to shipping a test of these varying degrees of emotions, so it shouldn’t be too long until it hits our screens and possibly our heart strings.
And hopefully makes your text a little more contextualised.
So, Popwrappers, do you ‘like’ this idea? Or do you think it’s an update too far?
Express yourselves. Let us know.