In a recent Q and A session, creator of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg announced that the long awaited ‘dislike’ button could be with us very shortly though not how any of us expected. The social network founder’s announcement comes after years of user feedback, and now it seems we are very close to getting what we asked for.
When asked about the button and its designed use, Zuckerberg stated:
“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 than liking it.”
While most of us have focused on the term ‘dislike’ and have made the same basic assumption as to what this means, the creator’s comments at the Q and A have led us all to believe that it won’t be as straightforward as we initially thought. This is where the ‘other than’ button takes over.
Nat Guran has released Facebook’s patent for what the ‘other than’ button could potentially look like. Users will be given the option of choosing from a range of emoji, this will allow them to give a wider range of responses.
When asked previously in December about the possibility of adding a dislike button the creator said:
“So one of the things that we’ve had some dialogue about internally and that we’ve thought about for quite a while is what’s the right way to make it so people can easily express a broader range of emotions to empathize or to express surprise or laughter or any of these things. And you know you can always just comment, right, so it’s not like there isn’t a way to do that today, and a lot of people are commenting on posts all the time. But there’s something that’s just so simple about the Like button.”
While this button is not going to substantially change the way we use Facebook, it will give the average user the chance to be more expressive, which will be helpful to you when uploading content. You are offered the opportunity to learn what posts people respond the most to and more importantly, how they respond.