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Facebook Dislike: 10 Things Not To Like Right Away

Facebook is getting a dislike button. What should you use it on?

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Facebook is finally caving into demand and creating a dislike button.

It seems like a minor deal. Some social media and content aggregator sites have had a thumbs down for a long time. But it is a big change for Facebook, and it promises to change the attitude and atmosphere at the company.

People most assuredly will use it to make political statements and probably to support their friends by disliking bad news. But let's face it. It is one more way to skip having to say a word to your friends. Your friend posts that they just broke up with their boyfriend or they have a terrible illness and all you can manage is pushing the dislike button? You can't whip up an insincere, "I'm sorry"?

So I got to thinking about how the dislike button should be used. What should you dislike first? I mean besides world hunger. I've got some thoughts:

The First 10 Things to Dislike

1. Mondays. That's what the dislike button is for, right?

2. This.

3. Mark Zuckerberg. I like Zuck, but what better way to protest the dislike button than using it against him? Dislike his page. Dislike all his comments. Dislike everything but his child. No child deserves that.

4. Lunch selfies. Anyone who hasn't gotten over this by now deserves a dislike.

(Image: Melissa via Flickr)

(Image: Melissa via Flickr)

5. Tom Brady. Everyone outside of Boston understands this.

6. Obscure privacy settings. I know you won't be able to. But a person can dream.

7. Hipster beards. Enough said.

(Image: Snapwire Snaps via Pixabay)

(Image: Snapwire Snaps via Pixabay)

8. Fan fiction.

9. This. I mean, this is scary.

(Image: Dane Boe via YouTube)

(Image: Dane Boe via YouTube)

10. The inevitable "Get Rid of the Dislike" memes. You know what is worse than the dislike button? People who can't accept change and just roll with it. Learn to use it nicely. Every time Facebook changes something there has to be a protest. Just dislike it and move on.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio
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nomii
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nomii,
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10/13/2015 | 11:58:19 PM
Re: Dusting Off My Account with the Zuckster in Mind

@Keely22 on other hand if we look from the perspective of Facebook, their page visit will increase due to more clicks. Now people who went through some post with only commenting or pushing like button if they really liked it. But they do not do anything in case they do not like it. Now it is all changed. You can very well see the problems and benefits.

nomii
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nomii,
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10/13/2015 | 11:54:17 PM
Re: Dusting Off My Account with the Zuckster in Mind

@Kelly22 you are right. I think that when people are on social media they think that they need to comment with something either required or not.  Now the addition of Dislike button will give the teenagers more liberty to express their intentions (wanted or unwanted). To correct something it is better to give some remedy but this button has new direction to put forward their view. I agree that it will cause more harm tham good.

Angelfuego
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Angelfuego,
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10/10/2015 | 10:26:20 AM
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@program2000,   Would you consider deleting your account all together?
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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10/1/2015 | 12:30:06 PM
Re: Dusting Off My Account with the Zuckster in Mind
I'd agree a Dislike button could easily do more harm than good among teenagers. Cyberbullying is enough an issue as is among that crowd. The ability to 'dislike' something with one click can make it even easier for them to cause harm without consequence.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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10/1/2015 | 12:25:54 PM
Re: Irony
@yalanand ha! the IDGAF button, coming right up after the "meh" button on my Facebook wish list
jastroff
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jastroff,
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10/1/2015 | 9:56:29 AM
Re: Dusting Off My Account with the Zuckster in Mind
>> Did I just say I welcome the Dislike button? I take my words back. I am absoloutely TERRIFIED of the Dislike button.

 

I agree with you - it would be bad for teens and younger kids. It's bad enough when someone doesn't LIEK something they post. Imagine if people "disliked" it -- would be bad
yalanand
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yalanand,
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9/30/2015 | 2:49:47 PM
Re: Irony
@SachinEE: I agree, if the Dislike button is forced upon us then Facebook should change its security policy while handling likes and dislikes. I don't really follow trends on facebook but motivational pictures with a stock image? That seriously has to be done with. For that we need an IDGAF button. 
yalanand
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yalanand,
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9/30/2015 | 2:47:20 PM
Re: Dusting Off My Account with the Zuckster in Mind
@jastroff: While the consequences may be varied, I for now welcome the dislike button. However a direct consequence of a dislike button would be teenage suicides. Dislikes would only lessen the morale of teenagers and push them into isolation. I have a teenage boy myself and he is going through all sorts of changes that include self doubt. If he posts something and that racks up enough dislikes then he would start questioning himself, which would lead to his confidence to be crestfallen. Did I just say I welcome the Dislike button? I take my words back. I am absoloutely TERRIFIED of the Dislike button.
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yalanand,
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9/30/2015 | 2:43:31 PM
Re: Dusting Off My Account with the Zuckster in Mind
Maybe facebook can categorize wall feed into sections like "Meh" posts, "Awesome" posts "Terrible" posts based on previous votes of users who came across those posts and people can check them out based on their needs and wants. 
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vnewman2,
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9/28/2015 | 12:24:32 PM
Re: Dusting Off My Account with the Zuckster in Mind
The masses have spoken Zucky!  Start coding that Meh button!
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