Perhaps what we need, what Facebook needs, what the world needs, is a Sympathize button. And, according to an engineer at the company, it’s something that the company has explored in the past.
Speaking yesterday at the company’s annual Compassion Research Day, Facebook engineer Dan Muriello said that another engineer for the company had whipped up the button at a previous compassion-themed hackathon. The announcement was first reported by Bianca Bosker at the Huffington Post.
It makes sense the company might consider a new button because Facebook users ask “Like” to do a lot. And, sometimes, that can be a problem. Since “like” is the only way to recognize you saw something on Facebook without writing or sharing something, sometimes we want to click it—to like something—even though we don’t strictly like something. At times when…
- your best friend laments something silly her parents did, or
- a friend complains about his puppy’s house-training skills, or lack thereof,
- or a cousin posts an update on how her own recovery from illness is progressing.
…we want to say, “Hey, I saw this!,” but we don’t want to say, “Hey, I am fond of this!”
Read more. [Image: Shutterstock/ollyy/Facebook]