Mark Zuckerberg We Need a Dislike-Thumbs Down Button

facebook-dislikeWhen will Facebook have a “Dislike-thumb down” button?

“Like-thumb-up “ is overused and often inappropriate on Facebook.

The new “Dislike-thumbs down” button would be the perfect response to the endless banal updates about being at Starbucks, eating licorice at home, changing your baby’s diaper, getting ready for bed.  Thumbs down would be gentler than the snotty comments that usually begin with, “ I wish a certain someone would stop remarking on blah blah blah.”

Maybe the annoying people would get the message and stop with their endless updates and then the mean people could stop writing snotty comments.

And when people post updates that fall way beneath the threshold for sympathy, such as “I had a tooth pulled, I have a headache, I had a bad day, “ we can show solidarity by clicking on “Dislike-Thumbs Down.”

Now that parents and children are FB friends, their bellicose words could be replaced with a firm click of the Dislike-Thumbs Down Button as a response to the following updates:

Started tailgating at 8am for the 3pm game…posted with the requisite picture of a large red cup in hand”

Late night at Scorekeepers, so skipping Chem. lab today.

Borrowing roommate’s underwear because I haven’t done laundry in 21 days.

Watching Game of Thrones instead of writing History paper.

Furthermore, a simple thumb down might avoid the following public squabble.

Daughter: “Overslept for 9am class again”
Mother: “Why were you at bar last night”
Daughter: Why are you stalking me on FB”
Mother: “No stalking required, it was your status update at 1am”
Daughter: “I guess I’ll have to de-friend you if you keep stalking me”

On a more serious note, there is a bona fide need for a Condolence Button.

The most persuasive illustration happens when someone   announces the death of a loved one in their status update and there are multiple “Like-Thumbs Up” replies.

What were they thinking/saying when they hit the Like button?

“I like the fact that this person died.”

“I like being in the know.”

“I like that you posted this so I didn’t have to answer a phone call and be caught off guard.”

“This is personal enough because I have no idea what to actually say to you if you told me in person about the death of a loved one.”

Margaret Thatcher died today and people are “liking” the news?

Mark Zuckerberg talked about his vision of improved communication in 2011.

When we started Facebook, we built it around a few simple ideas. People want to share and stay connected with their friends and the people around them. When you have control over what you share, you want to share more. When you share more, the world becomes more open and connected

Mark, your simple idea worked. Maybe as a Harvard undergrad you could not imagine that your billions of future users would be sharing more than their favorite burger, video game, and name of the cutest girl in PSY 101.

So PLEASE add a Sympathy button to use when updates now include the following:

I lost my mother yesterday.

My best friend and golden retriever died today after a long illness.

My brother was diagnosed with cancer.

My daughter did not get into Harvard. Actually NO to the last example.

For the last example please provide a “Get Over It-Get a Life” button?


  1. Diane Orley says:

    I’ve often thought there needed to be a “thumbs down” button. I agree that so much awkward (my teen’s word!) information is posted and the “thumbs up” just doesn’t seem appropriate. I’ve found myself PRIVATE messaging someone when i see they’ve had a loss or something horrific happened in their life. I even feel funny doing that thru Facebook.
    Love your blog girls….keep up the good work!!

  2. Very nice article. Extremely apt these days, and asks a lot of questions that people have in regards to ‘how do I acknowledge a bereavement etc, when posted on fb.

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