are some things on Facebook you just don’t want to
bad day at work. Sick kids. The dog died. Where’s the
"dislike" button when you need it?
to be found.
Facebook recently revealed that its engineers have been
toying with the idea of a "sympathize" button.
that something to "like"? Maybe.
to Facebook engineer Dan Muriello, the
"sympathize" button would only be an option if
a Facebook user picked a sad, frustrated or otherwise
negative emoticon while writing a status update. The
"like" would then become the
"sympathize" button and users could watch the
condolences roll in.
makes sense to University of Minnesota student Marcheta
Fornoff, 21, who recalled some awkwardness when friends
"liked" a Facebook post reflecting on the
death of another friend. But she’s not sure a
"sympathize" button is necessary.
knew they weren’t ‘liking’ that I had gone through
this loss or that this person had passed away," she
said. "It was understood that their ‘likes’
implied they had seen it and they felt
the lack of more nuanced options than "like"
has been an ongoing gripe among Facebook users.
quick survey of Twitter yielded all kinds of
suggestions, from "TMI" to "facepalm"
and "agree" to "arrgh."
it could be a slippery slope. "Dislike" or
"sympathize" could open the door to "LOL"
or "OMG" or who-knows-what.
among others, wonders whether that’s a good idea.
is the threshold for when you’re overwhelmed with
different options?" she said.
may never know. Even "sympathize" is a way
made a decision that it was not exactly the right time
to launch that product — yet," Muriello said.