A Dislike Button On Facebook; Can It Make or Unmake Friendship?


Before I started writing this story, I decided to take a little tour through some search engines to actually find out what people thought of a dislike button on facebook.

Photo: Forbes

Interestingly, majority of the results I had were messages containing the following:  “I just got the Dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!” or “Get the official DISLIKE button now” and each result was followed by a link.

The truth of the matter is that, if you ever clicked on those links, you were more likely to give away your valuable personal data to these scammers. As a matter of fact, there is nothing like facebook “dislike button”.

On Tuesday, November 29, 2011, FTC announced that “Facebook has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public”. (www.ftc.gov)

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg did the right thing by apologizing to facebook users via the facebook blog on facebook.com. After reading Mark’s post, I noticed various comments made by users. There too, some raised the issue of a “dislike” button; some users are calling for the introduction of a “dislike” button and one wonders what importance will this button bring to users?

Some friends are saying that this will help them to express their “dislike” to some comments and most importantly pictures posted by their pals without having to comment always as they do when they “like” a post. A such, they are forced to “like” most of their friends status due to the absence of a dislike button; but this is not to say that they hate the status or pictures but can even help “tease” a friend in a more fun way…Hmmm…could this be true? However, others are of the opinion that the introduction of a “dislike” button, could create lots of unnecessary tensions among friends. ..Is it doubtful?

f8 2011: Mark and Andy

On the lighter side, what would be the effect of a dislike button on some businesses? There are some promotions by some companies on facebook.These promotions are such that if i posted that “like” a company and you did, i get some commission based on the number of likes….so will the “dislikes” play negative?

In my opinion, facebook was created to bring people together and share a common platform to express their selves more freely, but in a manner that will make the social networking experience more fun and sustainable. I don’t think the introduction of a “dislike button” would undermine the facebook experience, but rather enable users to express their selves in a more fun way; however, I think this is debatable! What do you think? Leave your comment below!

Article by Prince Baah-Duodu for: www.baahduodu.wordpress.com

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7 thoughts on “A Dislike Button On Facebook; Can It Make or Unmake Friendship?

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