Buttons Facebook Needs To Add

For a long time, people have been complaining that Facebook really needs a “dislike” button to complement its option to “like” things one’s friends post. Bitter Notes suggests even more buttons are needed:

Really Really Like

Love

Adore

Want To Marry And/Or Make Babies With

If I Ever Left The House, I Would Be Stalking You Just For Posting This

Those are some of the positive ones. The negatives are even more cathartically hilarious:

Please Learn How To Use Snopes

I Used To Like You

My Children Are No Longer Allowed To Go To Your House

Seriously, What The Hell Was I Thinking When I Friended You? We Have Nothing In Common, And This Posting Just Proves It

Read all her suggestions and pass them around. You have any of your own?

Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • John Morales

    Intent to stalk is a positive?

    (Not in my estimation)

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      The joke is that the content makes you like someone so much you would get obsessed with them, enough to stalk them. Of course in reality that wouldn’t be funny, but dangerous. It’s hyperbole.

    • John Morales

      Oh, I know what the intent is. Hyperbole is extravagant exaggeration; take away the exaggeration and the implicit sentiment (that obsession is an extreme form of positive regard) remains creepy.

      As far as the ‘like’ button goes, I remember considering why there’s no negative counterpart to it when first I encountered it, and it seemed (and remains) pretty obvious to me: FB is a way to monetise social media, and therefore to build in a method to provide negative reinforcement would be counter-productive to that goal, unlike its converse.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      Yep. They’re shrewd to avoid it. Plus unpopular opinions would get drowned out in dislikes. It would be ugly and enforce conformity.

    • F

      You have to observe both the exaggeration of like→obsess and the exaggeration of follow→stalk at the same time. Yes, obsessing over someone, to the point of stalking or not, is unhealthy-to-creepy. (Depending on how one obsesses, of course, as the angle of obsession and the subject thereof might rather garner one the epithet of fan* or geek.

      * Which is short for the currently blasé hyperbolic usage of fanatic.

      And then I found myself interpreting joke hyperbole regarding FB, of all things, in the comments of a philosophy blog. So I have to ask myself how I have arrived at this moment.

  • lorimakesquilts

    I would be wearing out “Please learn to use snopes.”

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    “I Would Be Stalking You Just For Posting This” reminds me of those clueless couples who regard Sting’s “Every Breath You Take (I’ll be Watching You)” as “their” song.

  • A. Noyd

    I could use:
    - Declining This Invitation to Your Pity Party
    - I Can’t Decipher What the Hell You’re Trying to Say, but I’m Pretty Sure I’m Better Off Not Knowing
    - Just So You Know, the “Dogwhistles” in This Are About as Subtle as a Klaxon

    • John Morales

      [meta]

      You are the first to address Dan’s post in the spirit which was requested, I think. ;)

      (Good one, too)

  • Rebecca Hensler

    That Snopes one would be my favorite.

  • Decnavda

    I would like an “I don’t give a rodent’s bum” button.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djbell.firebird deborahbell

    -Never repost anything with a threat, guilt, or promise
    -I don’t care enough to tell you why that’s a ridiculously stupid article
    -facepalm
    -I would repost that but don’t feel like arguing with people who would see it
    -OMG CUTE
    Those are my main reactions when I go on Facebook.

  • http://www.friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    In the “like” category:

    -This is the Pulitzer, Nobel, Oscar, Heisman, America’s Cup, Triple Crown, Medal of Freedom, Everyone-In-The-World-Owes-Their-Life-To-You of Facebook posts.

    In the “dislike” category:

    -I’ve never witnessed a suicide-by-Facebook before. You should quickly warn all of your neighbors who live inside the blast zone.

  • http://dubignal.wordpress.com Philip

    A few years ago (back when I still used Farcebook) there was a Firefox addon for a Dislike button. I just checked now, and there are two such addons available.

    I don’t use IE or Chrome, so I have no idea if there’s some similar for them.

  • Orion3T

    If they introduced a dislike button or any sort, it should be absolutely optional. Otherwise, definitely not. Positive reinforcement is the modern method when it comes to being child/family friendly.

    Allowing negative feedback can be useful in debating environments where people are trying to work towards a goal, but FB isn’t well suited for that. It’s not intended to be confrontational.

  • beezlebubby

    “When I die, I want to be buried in the same casket with you.”

    Credit to William S. Burroughs

  • ecchymosis

    Citation needed

    Oh barf!

    Zzzzzzzzz

    Shit like this makes me glad to be FB friends with you

    You’re really late to the party with this one

  • catarinasilverpine

    I have seen fora where there are “disagree” buttons and the result is a very unpleasant atmosphere and a culgture of nastiness. It is used to bully and intimidate people anonymously. If someone wants to disagree with a post, let them comment under their own identity and stand up for their own opinions.


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