What do you think of the plans for a new Facebook "dislike" button?
Facebook is reportedly working on a "dislike" button. It won't actually be a dislike button, but more of a way show empathy. I myself always feel weird clicking like for posts where a loved one dies or for a tragic event. I am curious what the button will look like, but I think it is a good idea. Curious what others think.
I was waiting for this button since a few years. I would prefer a simple "dislike" - as a thumb down.button.
The way they are sharing it, it sounds like it will be something we have all wanted to do. It is in terms of an empathic dislike, not a horrid dislike, and just like you, I have not wanted to press like but then acknowledge that someone has shared something and that we are there for them.
The 12 year girls will no doubt enjoy disliking things. The senior citizens probably won't even notice. That pretty much accounts for 99% of the people still using FaceBook.
Let's see how it goes. We may get best responses after in place. They may be working on a couple of A/B testing. A tricky interesting one implementation but they have to do it so carefully.
Seems like another way for people to bully each other to me. What happens when I get a dislike on the new profile photo I posted? What's the point?
I'm conflicted. Someone may "Dislike" a joke or story I've told, but it was weird and almost offensive when a bunch of friends "liked" my Dad's obituary.
if something awful is being shown in an way that is disapproving of the action then do you LIKE the disapproving of the shown action or do you dislike in agreement that it is awful??
i.e. someone is showing a racist beating up on a person of color. and they are showing it to denigrate racism. do you like or dislike? like to agree with their position or dislike to agree with their position...i think it will create confusion.
Thumbs down image is what it should look like. I have been complaining for years that Facebook did not have one. In that regard and others, MosiacHub is already better than Facebook.
Yawn...aren't there any more important things to think and act about?
A dislike so we would be involving emotion. I don't think Facebook needs a dislike button. Maybe stop the auto movies that would improve user experience. Mind it would be interesting i like the spam check its much more fun.
I like it. [/horribleJoke]
But seriously, I think how it works will depend on a few things:
--Will dislikes be publicly viewable like likes are? Anonymous negative feedback is dramatically different than public negative feedback.
--Will it only appear in context-specific situations? e.g. Will it only appear on pages that Facebook can identify as empathy situations?
I can see the value for Facebook from a data collection perspective. Having people explicitly say they don't like something can help improve newsfeed quality (like Reddit does). Right now they can only infer whether people actually dislike something based on indirect metrics.
From a user engagement perspective, I could see it being potentially harmful for Facebook. Even if they intend it to only be for empathetic situations, I could see it being used in more negative ways. And seeing how Facebook already has a really strong market share, there's more for them to lose than for them to gain. Feels like it could be somewhat risky if they display public dislikes and don't make the feature context specific.
I think that FB should have both, a "DislikeButton" and a "Condolences or Sad" button.