Within minutes of Facebook apparently announcing the development of a ‘dislike’ button, the internet went into overdrive with hordes of people either celebrating or deciding what to write as their last ever status.
Facebook statuses (and social media at large) are so inherently narcissistic, that adding a ‘dislike’ button would just give people a way to be openly negative about my posts. Maybe before they would have just called me a twat in front of their screens, but now they could openly mock me. While every once in a while a status might illicit a mean comment, a button akin to the ‘like’ button could be disastrous for secret narcissists everywhere, myself included.
Imagine how happy I was then, when I heard that Facebook’s interpretation of the ‘dislike’ feature won’t just be as black and white as creating a new button.
During a question-and-answer session streamed live on Facebook on Tuesday, founder Mark Zuckerberg said the company was merely testing alternatives to the “Like” button. So what are these alternatives? Zuckerberg went on to explain that any button would not simply be there to show users’ negative feelings towards posts, but to empathy for posts that seem inappropriate to “Like”.