Facebook Experimenting With a ‘Sympathize’ Button

You wouldn't have to awkwardly 'like' sad statuses anymore

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Duncan Chard / Bloomberg

Journalists sit in front of an illuminated "like" logo from the Facebook Inc. social network website during a news conference.

Facebook is considering adding a less cheery alternative to its “like” button: a “sympathize” button.

The social network has been toying with this option, which was devised at a Facebook hackathon, a Facebook engineer said Thursday, according to The Huffington Post. Here’s how it could work: if you were to tag your status with a negative emotion (from Facebook’s lists of feelings), the “sympathize” button would automatically replace the “like button.”

And as much as we all want one, it seems Facebook is just never going to add a “dislike” button. (Basically, we are all Gretchen Weiners and Mark Zuckerberg is Regina George and he’s saying, “Stop trying to make a “dislike” button happen. It’s not going to happen.”)

The “sympathize” feature isn’t making its way to the site “yet,” said a Facebook spokesperson. Until then, we’ll just carry on with awkward silences.

[The Huffington Post]

9 comments
PankhuriSinha
PankhuriSinha

The sympathize button can become a very political tool in commenting on people's status, and can be used against someone. Facebook should refrain from creating such buttons, just liking should be good enough.

chrispy
chrispy

I sympathize with facebook because they are losing users. Privacy is more important than facebook. Just look at the recent rise of privacy-based sites such as SnapChat, Ravetree, EveryMe, etc.

aprasad1993
aprasad1993

Why would someone want a dislike button? If I want to tell someone a bitter truth I would simply use www.buzzbox.pw and send them my feelings anonymously. Dislike button spreads negativeness. 

PaulGeorge
PaulGeorge

There is the option to make a comment in reply to the status or is that like too much work?

jdrch
jdrch

"And as much as we all want one, it seems Facebook is just never going to add a “dislike” button."

- No, TIME. Only people who don't understand the human psychology behind social media want a dislike button. Everyone else realizes that enabling negative sentiment on a social media service discourages use of said service due to the psychological toll of negative feedback.

ChikuMisra
ChikuMisra

What if u suffer from extreme schadenfreude or whatever the hell it's called and u DO like bad news, especially for certain people. Could we get a little button action goin on dat

KaberiDuttaChatterjee
KaberiDuttaChatterjee

It's high time!

But please Facebook, don't try to "automatically" replace the “like" button with "sympathize" button by watching our status tagged "with a negative emotion"... ... U have NO IDEA about human emotions.... -_-