“People have asked about the ‘Dislike’ button for many years … and today [September 15, 2015] is a special day, because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it and are very close to shipping a test of it,” – Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO
As someone who’s been logging into Facebook every single day since September 2007, which is both scary and shameful to admit, the news of a ‘dislike button’ finally becoming reality has me feeling… weird. I mean sure, it’s a fantastic story to cover on the news [or in class blogs, wink wink] thanks to the years of anticipation leading up to it, but after years of wanting a dislike button and not getting one, I’ve been able to think about why there wasn’t a dislike button in the first place. Social media in general isn’t exactly the most stable place to hang out or share your thoughts, and a lot of things are interpreted incorrectly; a reasonable conversation or even gesture can be seen as a threat, compliments are seen as insults and every other thing that you post is offensive to someone out there looking at your stuff. Throwing a dislike button into the mix, in my opinion, would just complicated things.
Though, after reading up on this announcement via The Verge, I thought that my opinions may have been swayed after hearing [well, reading] what Zuckerberg had to say about how they are intended to work. “We don’t want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts,” Zuckerberg said. “That doesn’t seem like the kind of community that we want to create: you don’t want to go through the process of sharing some moment that was important to you in your day and have someone downvote it.” — It’s also been said that Zuckerberg is aiming for the dislike button to be a way of expressing “empathy”, which could be true in some cases, but with how crazy most social media sites have become there is bound to be some kind of abuse.
What are your thoughts, classmates and professors? Do you like or dislike the inevitable arrival of this dislike button? Will it work as intended or will it get carried away?