I end up doing the same thing I do on Twitter where I keep it short & sweet on here because it just gets turned into “More…” anyway which I rarely click, so I assume most other people are the same way about that one. Living without a “Dislike” button may be the new lifestyle trend of this century, but it can be seriously weird considering if I “Like” some horribly tragic yet nonetheless important news link I’m viewing. Lastly all Facebook seems to have become is a online birthday calendar for a lot of people, whereas some of us were digging in the grassroots garden long before all that stuff happened.
This week Facebook introduced a new feature that allows users to “Like” the comments of other users.
My sarcastic comment that someone “Liked” was:
“Now I will finally get the recognition I deserve!”
But you can’t retool Facebook without running into this mass sentiment expressed through the corridors of comments:
“Facebook should have a ‘dislike‘ button.”
A thousand times yes!
Between the moronic “Nanny State Liberation Front” and the group wishing death under biblical terms to President Barack Obama (thus are not removed by Facebook) there remain many fan groups that I would very much enjoy the ability to “Dislike.”
Like their obviously inept Facebook ad-bots send me pro-Glenn Beck imagery, and this notion of if I “Like this ad?” is just raising some bile to back of my mouth.
Where is the box for: “Burn this ad in a vat of boiling acid?”
Same with some of the individual comments of certain users that engage in what is called “being a troll,” “flaming,” or “cyber-harassment.”
My looking at this rabid ad hominem babble and the new option to “Like” this vile digital puke is just repugnant on every level.
Where is the box for: “Send this user to the trash bin?”
I recognize that Facebook is trying to stay positive, but they should look around and see that when AOL announced dropping Bebo their stock went up.
The users on the social network are the driving force behind it.
And we demand to right to boo at each other!
Facebook has around 450 million users. The population of the United States is 309 million people. That means if you made everyone in the U.S. forcibly get on Facebook all at once you still would not have enough people Facebooking in that moment to account for the entire user community they have amassed. The sheer weight of Facebook on the Internet has forced almost every site to add this “Connect with Facebook” option. But I raise the issue of Bebo to point out that social networks live and die not by keeping shareholders happy but by keeping their users happy.