Since 2009, Facebook users have been able to express their appreciation for a comment or post, but they haven’t been able to express their dislike. The idea of a “Dislike” button in addition to the already popular “Like” button has been floating around the Internet for the past couple years, and it seems like the social media giant has plans to develop it.
…or at least something similar.
Instead of sheerly expressing like or dislike, Facebook may allow its users to select an array of emotions using emoticons. This dropdown menu of emoticons would appear next to the Like button, so users can choose to click on either or both.
So why not a “Dislike” button to make things simple? During a Q&A last year, creator Mark Zuckerberg rejected the idea. He said:
“…that’s not something that we think is good for the world. So we’re not going to build that. I don’t think there needs to be a voting mechanism about whether posts are good or bad. I don’t think that’s socially very valuable or good for the community to help people share the important moments in their lives.”
Instead, the horizons may broaden and users may be able to express many different feelings. The main goal of this idea stems from the fact that there’s no way for a user to show empathy when a friend or family member posts something that merits compassion or understanding. Rather than simply “up-voting” or “down-voting” a post, Zuckerberg believes expressing a feeling would be more beneficial.
Zuckerberg said that testing will begin soon, so you may see the emoticon option on your Facebook in the near future.
What do you think? Do you think emoticons are a better idea than a “Dislike” button? Do you think we should just stick to the “Like” button and not add onto it?