December 15, 2014

Dislike Button on Facebook Coming Soon?

Some recent news has Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg discuss ways how Facebook is "thinking about" how to implement a way to dislike posts.

As a user, I think this sentiment is very consumer driven. Many of us share not just good news on our news feeds. And it has always been awkward to "like" a post wherein bad news is being shared. Facebook though has withheld implementing a dislike button for the possible negative connotation it can bring. Think about YouTube and how fanatical those who comment are on that platform. Does Facebook want to go down the same path and open up its users to more negativity on its platform? You can't blame them for being careful. Why mess with a good thing?

In many ways, the "like" button changed the way we behave online. It has also given platforms an indication of what type of content consumers actually like making it the backbone of Facebook's complex algorithm. It only seems like a matter of time that something on the opposite end of the spectrum is developed. Something that further refines how platforms tailor fit their products to each user's consumption of it.

How do you feel about this?

Link here to the news article from BBC.