At a recent interview by ABC anchor Diane Sawyer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opened a can of worms when he asserted the possibility of adding a “dislike” button on his site. This interview that basically was about Facebook hitting the mile stone of half of billion users prompted the most asked question for Zuckerberg, “when will Facebook add a “dislike” button?”
And that is how the Facebook “dislike” button topic became a viral topic in social networking sites, blogs, forums and wikis. The “dislike” word related to the Facebook bottom is even the number one definition in the Urban Dictionary website.
Pete Cashmore, CEO of Mashable, wrote in his latest blog “Should Facebook add a dislike button?” the following: “Facebook will never add a “dislike” button, regardless of users’ demands.” In this blog he presents very valid points of why he feels so confident about his claim. Some of his reasons include the possibility of ruining Facebook’s relationship with brands, organizations and individuals and the possibility of bullying if the “dislike” button becomes a reality.
Many other blogs and content creators also presented their viewpoints and ideas on why Facebook must add a “dislike” button. Dan Macsai of Fast Company wrote an article titled “Five Reasons Why Facebook Needs a “Dislike” Button.” In this article, I feel he presents really weak reasons. Macsai feels that by adding the “dislike” button there will be a “possibility” of boosting revenues and that “it’ll make Facebook aggression even more passive.” In my opinion, these claims are well counter argued in Cashmore’s previously mentioned blog post.
Chatter all over the web about this topic is evident. Vladimir Anichkin posted the following question in his LinkedIn group: “Should Facebook add a “dislike: button?” Some group members came up with really valid reasons:
Some other people posted comments on CNN where the Pete Cashmore’s article was featured.
There are many options offered out there for those who are adamant about having the “dislike” button on Facebook. For once there are many Firefox plugins that let you add the “dislike” button in your profile and use it with those friends who also downloaded the plugin. FaceMod is one of them and Facebook Dislike is another. I would definitely recommend trying either one of the two to get a real sense for what it would be like to have this button on Facebook. I tried both of them and it only took a couple of days until I removed them from my browser. Both plugins come with annoying advertisement that alter the look of my facebook profile. I also found it difficult using this button since none of my friends had downloaded this plugin, so I had no one to use it with.
Finally, if non of these plugins really satisfies you or even if you don’t care about Facebook or anything that’s hi-Tech, you’re welcome to try the something conventional. It’s called the Facebook Like and Dislike Rubber Stamp.
Powered by Facebook Comments