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April 22, 2010

Dear Facebook: What about 'dislike' and 'go away?'

Posted: 08:28 AM ET

Is my writing that bad?

When I wrote about the fact that Facebook is scattering "like" buttons all over the Internet, several of you commented that you wish there was a "dislike" button.

Zing!

But I don't take it personally. In fact, that's a really good point.

Maybe Facebook is being too sunny in thinking the only information a person would want to share with friends is the fact that he or she "likes" something.

In a speech in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the "like" button is simple and convenient. That's one reason he's making a push to get it all over the Internet, not just on Facebook.com.

But to like or not to like? Maybe it's reductive not to give users that choice, as some of you pointed out.

Here's a look at some of my favorite "don't like" (and otherwise negative) comments on the story about Facebook's quest to sprinkle the web with cheer:

**FB has to come w/ something new, things are getting old out there. How about an " annoying" "Go away" " leave me alone" "not interested" "dislike" "no thanks" buttons. That would help... So all over the web will have this annoying feature.

**All of a sudden the drive to add a "dislike" button has become much more important.

**I just dropped facebook this morning. this is the definition of 'TMI'

**Only a 10-year-old or a complete fool would ever use Facebook again.

**The internet default will be social? And what if I don't want to socialize?

Others have had similar thoughts. If you use the web browser Firefox, you can  download a plug-in that gives you access to a "dislike" button.

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Catdaddy   April 22nd, 2010 8:50 am ET

I think the dislike is implied. If only 3 people "like it", then obviously everyone else disliked it. Most people just like to complain and will look for and even make up reasons to "dislike" something rather than to "like" it, so the dislike button would be inflated and unreliable.


Carolyn   April 22nd, 2010 9:06 am ET

How the "h" do I quit getting offers for friends on Facebook. I want nothing to do with it. I have supposdly already removed my half-written and filled Facebook page. HELP?


Jules Freemont   April 22nd, 2010 9:07 am ET

Facebook is a fad. I tried it and found it to be for morons with too much time on their hands. Hopefully facebook will disappear from the face of the earth soon. People will get tired and bored with it, then it will be gone. You talk to people whom you would never talk to otherwise. Most people don't show their true personality on facebook. They are all phonies. What a bunch of crap.


Jason Wells, Tampa, FL   April 22nd, 2010 9:12 am ET

I think a "dislike" link would help the quality. The problem is that everyone is posting everything, making Fan Pages on everything, games on Facebook that drive me crazy....

I don't want to see this stuff. It would be nice if it could keep track of what I dislike and keep it off my wall without getting rid of good stuff from the same friends.


Bob   April 22nd, 2010 9:12 am ET

Duh – that is why you can delete the "AD" you don't like....


John Travolta   April 22nd, 2010 9:14 am ET

Facebook is a fad? Stay connected you fool.


JW   April 22nd, 2010 9:17 am ET

Can't stand facebook? Check out lamebook then. Yes you have to have some time on your hands, but it's worth a daily laugh.


gg   April 22nd, 2010 9:21 am ET

its just myspace all over again


Louise   April 22nd, 2010 9:24 am ET

For all the Facebook haters – if you don't like it, don't use it! Unsure why it offends people so much. It's not like you HAVE to participate! I love it – it allows me to remain connected with friends all round the world and that's a great thing!


Miss   April 22nd, 2010 9:26 am ET

Wanting a dislike button is the feature I hear most about people wanting. Yet, there still isn't one. C'mon Facebook, do you know how many times people write "dislike" in the comment box?

I enjoy Facebook. It allows me to keep in contact with people I wouldn't otherwise, and not just a few old high school friends, but many family members. My brother and I talked twice a year but Facebook allows us to keep up on each other's busy lives much more often and I now keep up with family who live out of state. A lot of people are Facebook haters but it has been a good thing for me.


pink   April 22nd, 2010 9:26 am ET

its just myspace all over again
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FaceBook is a poor MySpace copycat


Phil   April 22nd, 2010 9:26 am ET

I'd love to like this one to show I dislike the like button.


DRL   April 22nd, 2010 9:27 am ET

Facebook being for "morons with too much time on their hands"? Well, in its original (I'll say it, purest, form) it was designed exactly for that demographic – college students with a .edu e-mail only. Now that it's open to everyone I have seen a huge change in the type of information shared, in the kinds of applications available, and it's not all for the better. While I have had a FB account since my junior year of college (2004) the way I've used it has morphed too – now rather than catching up with everyone's weekend daliances, I can stay in touch with my parents in a separate state and share pictures of my child with friends and family that wouldn't otherwise see his face for months. It's all about how the available technology is used – use it for social networking/keeping in touch and it provides that service, use it for asinine time wasting and it will fill that need as well.


SK   April 22nd, 2010 9:29 am ET

I found an "unlike" button on the lower left of any pages I want to dissociate from. It works great to separate me.


Jenn   April 22nd, 2010 9:31 am ET

I'm guessing that the people who so vehemently hate Facebook, don't have that many friends, and were bored on it. It's not the application they hate, it's their own little lonely lives that make them miserable. I love facebook – I've been able to reconnect with people I lost touch with 15 years ago! It's a fantastic networking site! On another note, just because tons of people may not click on the "like" button on a status, does not mean they don't like it – could just simply mean they haven't read it, or don't have an opinion either way.


Captain Spaulding   April 22nd, 2010 9:33 am ET

I really dont like that Facecrook has made the decision to start allowing websites to access our personal information and store it. It is an egregious breach of trust in my humble opinion, and consequently I have closed my Facebook account. This is yet another of those times that Zuckerberg and his legion of lemmings have failed to understand they are getting away from what made Facebook so alluring in the first place.


brian   April 22nd, 2010 9:34 am ET

I could care less about Facebook, but CNN's discussion boards need a dislike button REAL BAD!


JT-NYC   April 22nd, 2010 9:34 am ET

Wanna start fights among "friends?" Add a Dislike button. Frankly, I don't give a d@mn if you like or dislike anything I do or say on FB. The "Like" button is fine. A "Dislike" button just gives your "friends" license to be judgmental and mean. Everyone has a right to have an opinion, but, as friends, you have to know when to keep that opinion to yourself. In other words, if you wouldn't state your dislike for something in a face to face conversation, don't use the relative anonymity or unavailability of the internet to say it. That is just cowardly.


Ken   April 22nd, 2010 9:35 am ET

Like and Dislike are not enough for me as that would fail to get across my true emotions. I think everyone needs at least six choices: Idolize, Love, Like, Dislike, Hate, and Loathe. Then they can not only vote items up or down, but can do it with varying levels of emphasis based on how they feel.


DAVID   April 22nd, 2010 9:38 am ET

It just an extra button that most people will not use. I guarantee that most facebook users do not even hit the like button at all.. I dont. I go on there to talk to my friends and email them.. Not to go on there and like there comment. Only the little high school kids do that.


Shannon   April 22nd, 2010 9:40 am ET

I feel like the dislike button would be abused. It's not necessary-ok, nothing on FB is necessary, but I think people just want it so that they have one more reason and method to complain about stupid stuff on the internet. If you don't like someone's status, either comment about it or keep it to yourself.


Leslie B   April 22nd, 2010 9:40 am ET

Facebook has (had?) good possibilities, but it has a few maor problems, and they seem to be getting worse:

1) It keeps making changes for the sake of change.

2) They don't listen to their users, and give a strong impression that they really don't care what people want.

3) They insist on trying to make people share more information than they care to. You have to repeatedly check your privacy settings to catch when they have made opening up more information to others a "default" without asking you.

I think there are a lot of people who would simply like to stay in touch with friends and family and don't want to expand beyond that, especially to other parts of the internet.


NJ   April 22nd, 2010 9:42 am ET

This has nothing to do with social networking or making the internet social and everything to do with $$ and advertising for other sites and organizations via facebook and facebook users.


lookielou   April 22nd, 2010 9:48 am ET

"I think the dislike is implied. If only 3 people "like it", then obviously everyone else disliked it."

False dilemma. The fact that somebody did not take the time to click on the "like" link does not mean they dislike the item in question. Without a "dislike" button this feature will primarily measure intensity of interest and how well-known the item is, not how well-liked it is. If 70% of America hates an item, 30% loves it and everyone votes, that item will get a huge number of "like" votes despite being widely hated. On the other hand, an item few people vote on will have few "like" votes even if everyone who sees it likes it.

Including a dislike button would bury controversial, unpopular items.

"Most people just like to complain and will look for and even make up reasons to "dislike" something rather than to "like" it, so the dislike button would be inflated and unreliable."

"Make up" reasons to dislike something? You are suggesting that people who like an item will come up with reasons they don't believe in to vote "dislike"? That's ridiculous. If people vote "dislike," it's because they dislike the item, so there's nothing unreliable about those votes.


Ted   April 22nd, 2010 9:54 am ET

I won't lie..I didn't care for FB at first and never did MySpace. However, Like poster Jenn mentioned, I signed up for Facebook recently and have had friends I haven't talked to in years, esp from college, come out of the woodwork. It's great re-connecting with folks you lost touch with and it's a chance to catch up. Life gets busy, we all go our own ways, but in the end, it's great to see how everyone's lives have changed.

I don't spend all of my time on the computer nor do I have any intent of sharing every little detail of my life and comings and goings. However, it's a great vehicle to keep in touch and share.


Dave   April 22nd, 2010 9:59 am ET

They already have a dislike button.

When you see a page you don't like, just press ctrl-F4 on your keyboard.


jjdecor   April 22nd, 2010 10:02 am ET

If you don't like it don't use it! and if you "dislike" something IGNORE it. I really like facebook it has allowed me to share pictures with my relatives and friends that live thousands of miles away from me; I've gotten to see pictures and hear about neices/ nephews/in-laws ect that I otherwise might never even get to meet. My 87 yr old father who lives in a retirement home is even on Facebook and although he doesn't post much at all he gets to see pictures of his great-grandkids and share in a part of their lives it's wonderful.


Dave   April 22nd, 2010 10:02 am ET

oops. Meant alt-F4.


Robert W   April 22nd, 2010 10:04 am ET

Thank you for this information. Now I begin to understand why the "like" button was invented to start with: So ads can have a bunch of people click "Like" and thus reinforce the power of the ad. If facebook gets a kickback of even one penny per ad the payoff would be amazing. If they put a "dislike" button that could be a detriment to the ad. I could not see paying facebook for allowing my ad to be trashed. (just a note: I don't have any ads I was just exploring the other side of the issue.)


Ric   April 22nd, 2010 10:05 am ET

I'd like a "this is incredibly stupid" button too. Also instead of "Dislike", how about a "Hate" button - so we can really express how we feel.


Karen   April 22nd, 2010 10:06 am ET

I would like to add a dislike button to Facebook in general. I agree with Jules; how long will it take individuals to realize facebook information is part of digital dirt that will wreck careers? I also would like to add a dislike button to the morons that live through facebook and think people really care about minute to minute status changes.


Mary   April 22nd, 2010 10:08 am ET

I can not imagine having my personal life all over the internet. That is why I will never, ever have a Facebook account. What I do not like is that certain articles on CNN.com only allow you to comment if you have a Facebook account. I feel left out because I choose to keep my privacy. I do not mind my comments being monitored because I am always respectful. So keep Facebook a social network for those who must and do not use it as a screening device for making comments.


Melissa   April 22nd, 2010 10:10 am ET

I would LOVE to have a dislike button. Its like Yahoo removing it on their forums. Completely dumb.


SHARON   April 22nd, 2010 10:12 am ET

It helps me keep connected to my relatives that live out of state and that I rarely see. I agree with others, if you don't want to use it, don't. I simply "hide" certain applications that I don't want on my FB.


Sybaris   April 22nd, 2010 10:12 am ET

FB is OK for reconnecting with old friends but really...................I don't need hourly updates on your kids, nobody thinks they are as adorable as you do. I don't need to see your daily affirmations or latest musings as a pseudo-philospher. I don't need to see the latest quote that you "think" you are garnering cleverness by proxy. I don't care what you're thinking, where you are, what you ate, who you saw, or when you're leaving. You can be a fan of Bugs Bunny, Mellow Yellow, or Pooh's Honey, I don't care!


Robin   April 22nd, 2010 10:15 am ET

Where is the 'dislike' button on my CNN homepage, and every other page I pull up?? I don't have FB, don't want it, and can't stand having it shoved in my face while I'm on the internet!


Keith   April 22nd, 2010 10:16 am ET

People who claim that Facebook users have too much time on their hands on a Discussion List on CNN are losers with too much time on there hands.


Patty   April 22nd, 2010 10:18 am ET

Thank God I quit Facebook in the fall of 2008.


Steve   April 22nd, 2010 10:18 am ET

Jeeez, who in their right mind CARES? Facebook is nothing more than a time trap for nosey, meddling internet browsers that ran out of things to research and explore on the net to improve their minds and awareness of the world around them.


max pargament   April 22nd, 2010 10:19 am ET

I'm sorry CNN but this is ridiculous. HOW IS THIS WORTHY OF FRONT PAGE NEWS? You literally used a spot on your front page, about people clicking a button to have an opinion, on another person's opinion, that is probably about something ridiculous anyways.

Haven't heard much about Sudan in a while...why don't you use your reporting resources more wisely.


Anne   April 22nd, 2010 10:21 am ET

Funny enough that people want a dislike button - can we have it also when people leave updates about their children's bowel movements? Or that they spent the morning hungover? Or that they spent 4/20 high?

Oddly enough, there is a community based site that has something like a dislike button. Ravelry.com is a community-based site for knitters and crocheters. In their forums, below each post, there is a way to vote agree or disagree.

Sad really that Facebook is so behind the times. Agree that they need a dislike button.


laz   April 22nd, 2010 10:21 am ET

I believe a dislike button would be more "social" than all this new BS they have added. I'm not too interested in letting people know how I'm a weather.com nerd, or how I like to pay my AT&T bill online.


mgc6288   April 22nd, 2010 10:23 am ET

Facebook is alright. My big thing is that I don't mix it with business. I "ignore" business client friend requests just because of the back lash I might feel if something on there just happened to offend them.

By doing that it is a place that is like a stress reliever and yet fun to discuss topics.


Cris   April 22nd, 2010 10:25 am ET

Some of us want the dislike button to sympathize with friends when they have a bad day. For example, if someone says "got in a car accident today" or "johnny is sick" I'd like the option to click dislike to mean I dislike that they are having to go through this right now. Or a "man, that sucks" button.

The dislike button is not meant to get rid of things or vote them up or down. If you don't want to see posts from a certain application like Farmville etc., hover over the right of the comment til you see a Hide button appear. Click on this button and it will give you the option to hide all posts from that application or all posts from that person. You can also go into your application settings and choose which ones are allowed to post to your wall.


John   April 22nd, 2010 10:26 am ET

In my opinion Facebook is not a fad, it's a good way to keep in touch with distant relatives and friends. As for the "dislike" button it would be a bad idea, if you want to see a dislike button in action just head over to digg.com.


Rupert   April 22nd, 2010 10:26 am ET

I would love to have a dislike button, maybe I could help encourage all the girls my age with babies to stop posting every ridiculous detail of their child's day. I DO NOT CARE YOUR BABY HAS THE SQUIRTS.


jayarr   April 22nd, 2010 10:27 am ET

Well, there IS already a Web-wide "Indifferent" button. And it's definitely way more useful.

http://www.esarcasm.com/12934/esarcasm-indifferent-button/


Bob   April 22nd, 2010 10:27 am ET

"Making up reasons to dislike" might be better stated as "create fake facebook accounts to inflate a dislike count". I think there's an adage that goes something like, "If you receive good service, you'll tell two friends. If you receive bad service, you'll tell two hundred." That would seem to apply here, that a "dislike" button, if kept social as the "like" button is, could be disproportionally abused. By limiting one's dislike choices to posting a comment (requires more of an emotional stake to post WHY you dislike), clicking to ignore the comment, or clicking to un-friend the person who posted the item into your news feed, it makes you stop and consider rather than a knee-jerk reaction.


B   April 22nd, 2010 10:28 am ET

Die in a fire, CNN.


rb   April 22nd, 2010 10:29 am ET

In reply to :Facebook being for "morons with too much time on their hands"? Well, in its original (I'll say it, purest, form) it was designed exactly for that demographic – ,etc etc.

-- I completely agree. I have family all over the US and it helps stay in touch better then by phone. You can see updated photos, see what they've been up to, etc. etc. I've also created an account for my grandparents... they don't use it, but I do it for them. My grandma has alzheimers and will be going into a bursing home this coming Monday and family has loved nothing more then to get a sense of feeling close with the update they are given about how my grandparents day was.

The site also helps with networking, selling things, etc. I'm sure a lot of photographers (myself included) have found quite a bit more work with just a little bit of facebook networking involved in their spread of business.

If you don't like it, don't use it. It's that simple. And yeah, I agree, maybe someone is having a bad day or something went wrong that they didn't want to happen and you would rather AGREE with a dislike button as apposed to liking it. It can be a touchy subject.


kleepen   April 22nd, 2010 10:30 am ET

I agree that a dislike button is not needed. If you dislike something....dont click like.


Adam H   April 22nd, 2010 10:31 am ET

They should have a plus and minus system... similiar to hockey. If they have 24 people that click like and 4 people that dislike it, their score should be +20.

That works for me.


rb   April 22nd, 2010 10:31 am ET

And I also agree with Bob up there...

"That would seem to apply here, that a "dislike" button, if kept social as the "like" button is, could be disproportionally abused."

It could be abused, which is why typing *dislike* and adding it as a comment is so much easier at times.


Evan   April 22nd, 2010 10:32 am ET

"Facebook is nothing more than a time trap for nosey, meddling internet browsers that ran out of things to research and explore on the net to improve their minds and awareness of the world around them."

*laugh*

I like thisishell.com.

You've had nothing to with someone for 40 years, and now you are "friends"?


Alysson   April 22nd, 2010 10:36 am ET

I would use a disklike button- say when my coworker or friend posts that they were in a car accident, or is just having a rough day. It's not necessarily a negative thing.


Chinaz   April 22nd, 2010 10:36 am ET

It is really one sided not to be able to steer friends away from the dreck of the internet. Only half the equation to have a like button. What if 100 people got a page and 10 percent like but 90 would vote dislike IF THEY COULD. Even if it was 50/50 thats a lot different tan saying 50 people like something. Makes those Likes votes look totally different doesn't it? It isn't fair or accurate to only have a like button, its only half the answer to a half question.


K-Lo   April 22nd, 2010 10:37 am ET

I get sick of seeing all those stupid games. I think if people want to play games then they should go on another site. Who gives a rip about your stupid mafia, farmville, pillow fight, heart beat, top friends, adopt a pet, what did your friend say about you.. crap. Seriously, you think being on facebook are for people who have extra time on their hands... there are people who play these stupid games ALL DAY LONG or multiple times a day or week. Now THAT is too much time on your hands.

And Evan, I'm sure people just lose contact and once you are able to get in contact with them or don't even try but it happens... that is fine. It's not like you won't want to catch up with an old friend..


Tony   April 22nd, 2010 10:37 am ET

Why no dislike button? Because what company is going to put a button that lets the world know you and how many of your friends dont like or recomend their products?

This is about add dollars. Its about removing the word dislike from the vocabulary. You either like it or you shut up. You have no other option.

I, for one, will not be using this like button. i will still use the 'share on facebook' button, because there I can leave a comment to my friends where I offer my opinion and a context for why I like or dislike something. Without that context, I will not give my implicit endorsement of anyones crap.


Rachel E.   April 22nd, 2010 10:38 am ET

The 'like' button on FB has (for many, many 'pages') become the next-gen 'please send me constant spam/notifications/offers' about anything related or unrelated to that which you are liking. If 'dislike' only serves to do the same thing, then I know for certain that it will go unused by me, just as the like button is.


Yusuf   April 22nd, 2010 10:39 am ET

I believe those that hate facebook, have never really used it, or didn't have anyone to connect to them on facebook. If you know people who do in fact care about you and want to find out where you are, facebook is an excellent tool. I have had old pen pals who I haven't talked to since I was 18 (one from South Africa), that found me and we have been talking ever since (I am now in my mid thirties). I have had relatives that I only knew from name only that have contacted me and we got to share pictures and stories of our lives. I have a cousin who I have connected with and we all went out on the town a few weeks ago. So, facebook is not simply a time waster, unless you decide to make it that and play farmville all day long. Otherwise, it can be an online family reunion tool, or a highschool reunion tool, or simply the greatest information desk for finding long lost friends.


@Jules Freemont   April 22nd, 2010 10:39 am ET

Jules is that guy on South Park with no friends on Facebook, so he rags on it.


courtney   April 22nd, 2010 10:39 am ET

facebook was fantastic years ago before it was overcrowded with kids and old people. i wish it would have never became available to non-students.

also, I'm against a dislike button. it's mean. if you don't like someone's post, ignore it. don't be a jerk about it.


Robert W   April 22nd, 2010 10:40 am ET

I know people say stuff like "FB" people have too much time on thier hands. I really do not. But I have replaced watching a lot of television after work with facebook. I think it is a great trade off. Television only has a few shows that I really like to watch. It is not like it used to be, now it is mostly "reality " shows and junk. At least I know how my relatives who live far away are doing.


GeorgeW   April 22nd, 2010 10:41 am ET

Some people are hateful for the sake of being hateful. I am now in much closer contact with my friends and relatives in other states and countries because of FB. I reiterate. If you are not a fan, don't use it. I don't need to know how much you hate it. Where is the DISLIKE button for haters?


Marie MD   April 22nd, 2010 10:41 am ET

Don't use facebook now and will never use facebook. Unfortunately a lot things that were available to everyone are now hiding in facebook. If I can't connect with anyone, that is fine by me.
I don't trust facebook and when they are hacked and everyone's personal information and lives are out there for all to see you will regret it.


IFB   April 22nd, 2010 10:42 am ET

@Jules Freemont

I agree 100%, however, sometimes I enjoy looking at dumb posts from self important idiots. It makes me feel better about myself in that I am not so ego-centric that I feel the need to share every thought in a public forum. The best ones, are the people who post all day long, then complain that they don't have a job at the end of the day. I feel like telling that person that if they hadn't spent the entire day (every day) playing games on Facebook, they might have a job.


John Robinson   April 22nd, 2010 10:43 am ET

More social dis-ease from FB


Memphis Piano   April 22nd, 2010 10:46 am ET

It's fine for Facebook to "add" stuff, but I wish they would quit "changing" stuff.
I printed things etc. telling people how to "become a fan"-and then they change the whole program.
I've had it with their "improvements."


Courtney   April 22nd, 2010 10:46 am ET

Facebook should start worrying about fixing their annoying errors instead of adding additional features.


Sudonymmh   April 22nd, 2010 10:49 am ET

There's enough trolls and haters on the internet without giving them a 1-button solution. The world's better off without 'dislike' buttons.


Jessica   April 22nd, 2010 10:49 am ET

I sometimes wonder about the bitter "facebook is for losers" people. facebook is for people with friends/family scattered all about. I have to wonder if those who hate facebook, are just people with very few friends/family...or if they are people who live in very very very small towns where they already know their friends/family business just by looking out their front window. Either way, if it doesnt make sense to you...move along. You arent missed.


Joe S   April 22nd, 2010 10:50 am ET

Like almost anything, there is a Yin and a Yang. On one hand, Facebook is a very useful tool to share information about yourself (i.e. announce a baby is born, an engagement etc...) to various people in your circle of life. This is a much better tool than sending a mass email or several phone calls like the days of old. For that, I really like Facebook. As for the Mafia Wars, Farmville or multiple posts about what someone ate for breakfast, lunch & dinner that day, I wish it was never invented. Yes, some people have too much time on their hands and this just contributes to a decrease in productivity. So get off Facebook and get back to work! :)


LD   April 22nd, 2010 10:50 am ET

I just wish that Facebook had stayed with it's intended audience: College students. I remember when, in order to have a Facebook account, you NEEDED to have a college email address. Now, it's just open to anyone and everyone! This is why there is so much "crap" on there! I mean, yes, it is a trivial piece of technology in this new social world, and yes, there are many ignorant people on there or people who just want everyone to know what they are doing every second of the day. But if we stop and think about Facebooks ORIGINAL purpose, it was to be a social networking site for COLLEGE students: to vent, to stay connected with old high school pals after high school, and to connect with new college friends. It was not intended, at least in the original plans, to be extended to anyone with any email address who could get their hands on a computer. I just wish it would have stayed with the college crowed. As someone posted already, it's just a fad, it will go away. Like Xanga and MySpace (which is slowly deteriorating) Facebook too, will find a downward spiral, especially since it is now competing with the likes of Twitter and anything new that Google pops up. It is only "tiring" and "boring" to those who, IMO, are too "old" i.e. not college students, who this was geared towards. If you don't like it, don't use it. But yes, eventually, it will go away and in its place will come something even more ridiculous...and thus the cycle begins again...


Sarah   April 22nd, 2010 10:50 am ET

Well... I happen to LOVE facebook. It's a way for me to stay connected with my friends worldwide that I dont get to see as often as I'd like. It has also brought me closer to people I thought I'd never hear from again! Yes, it does get annoying at times with all these different applications and stuff, but I just take them with a grain of salt, and either keep scrolling, or hit the "ignore" on requests. Plus, there's also a way to filter out that stuff so you can get to the statuses, etc.

I'm also one of the ones that thinks a "dislike" button would be neat, so you can "dislike" something your friend put in his status.

I dont understand why people take things so seriously. Loosen up people, have a little fun!

If you dont like facebook, delete your account. Nobody is holding you to a contractual agreement!


Frog Prince   April 22nd, 2010 10:52 am ET

Facebook use to have a dislike button on their advertisements and people would use it all the time since a lot of their advertisements were really scams..........but after removing all the ads that had a lot of dislikes they wound up with no source of income...........LOL


Lame_Username   April 22nd, 2010 10:55 am ET

@Catdaddy, I disagree, the Dislike is not implied. You could have 789 people like Object A, but there may be 14,975 people who dislike Object A at the same time. Only having one choice shifts a mob mentally in a biased direction.


geralddean   April 22nd, 2010 10:56 am ET

Honestly as someone who is trying to promote themselves would point out, the Like button or the act of someone pressing it would validate content for content providers and increase the perceived worth of that content.

Then in terms of social scope of trusted content it would rank high and net more views... Which, isn't that the point of having web content? (to be seen)

This is nothing more than an extension of "Send this page to a friend" or "Add to Twitter" link.

Its just from Facebook and ties into their product...


Stephanie   April 22nd, 2010 10:58 am ET

While there may not be a "disklike" button on Facebook, there's a dislike (and like) capability on Twitter now: http://upprdwnr.com


Neeneko   April 22nd, 2010 10:59 am ET

Well, 'dislike' works pretty well on ravelry (despite occasional drama) and the negative mod on slashdot has served the place well for a long time.

Facebook's single 'like' button just makes it feel like they are out of date. 1990s out of date.....


Joe   April 22nd, 2010 11:03 am ET

There are actually "some" good things here. Maybe by implementing this, website administrators will be able to statistically see who likes/dislikes their sites and make changes accordingly. I can be used to an administrator's advantage for sure.


David Barron   April 22nd, 2010 11:04 am ET

This is simple- if people are posting too many things but you don't want to lose them as friend, then just choose the hide feature. This will hide all of their feeds. They won't know that you are not reading them. If they really need you they can send you a message directly.


Justin   April 22nd, 2010 11:04 am ET

I think I'm about through with Facebook. I joined back when you had to actually have a valid school email. Now they let anybody on there, and it seems like it's just one big stream of stupid games, ads, and irrelevant status updates, not to mention the changes to the privacy policy so that now they are going to sell your info to other companies. Dislike!


Nubia   April 22nd, 2010 11:07 am ET

I don't understand people when they say they don't like something and yet they keep on using it or complain about it for that matter; if you don't like FB don't use it... some of us happen to like and will continue to use it and like to hear updates and improvements.


Karl   April 22nd, 2010 11:13 am ET

Just dropped Facebook.


Joel   April 22nd, 2010 11:16 am ET

How do you ignore those stupid I feel lucky today and Farm Ville crap on my FB page, so annoying.


Alex   April 22nd, 2010 11:16 am ET

What I'd really like is a button to hide everyone's stupid Farmville and Mafia updates.... I DON"T CARE!


Reinhold Messner   April 22nd, 2010 11:18 am ET

@Alex – that capability has been there for some time.....


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Stereo   April 22nd, 2010 11:22 am ET

They need a "Thats what she said button"


Davey   April 22nd, 2010 11:22 am ET

Jules Freemont @ April 22nd, 2010 9:07 am ET, I'm sorry but your ranting was unnecessary. It sounded like you have no friends at all. Are you jealous? Jealousy is a bad trait! Shut up and stop crying like a baby. What a donkey.


Maddy   April 22nd, 2010 11:23 am ET

Personally I don't thing that Facebook is for "morons" and people who have too much time of their hands."
Facebook is like anything else in life "what you make it." I like keeping up with friends that I don't see often and it's a great communication tool. It's not as intrusive as calling people and having them step away from something important just to catch up. I also enjoy following friend's activities who have moved away.

Facebook has great privacy settings and you can keep your involvement to a minimum if that is what you wish. I am happy that I was open minded enough to try it, and now I am glad that I did.

BTW...when I do have time on my hands I knit, and last I checked, I wasn't a moron!!!


JediyaR   April 22nd, 2010 11:25 am ET

if you can't say something nice, say nothing at all. the internet already has enough negativity.


Theresa   April 22nd, 2010 11:27 am ET

Maybe it's just me, but I think people really want to complain about something. Ok, so here I am complaining about their complaining. There is a way to comment on a post if you disagree with it or are offended by it. You can hide the user or unfriend them if need be.

The idea of Facebook is to connect with friends. Sometimes there are some debates on there, but generally not. So, the idea of a dislike button really is disrespectful to those friends and doesn't help in making or maintaining a connection. It's just a way of being mean, disrespectful, and saying that your friend's life, feelings, or opinions don't matter. It also says, "I don't really like you or care about you, but I'm too lazy or stupid to hide you."

"Like" is a way of letting a friend know, "Hey, I'm with you," or "I read you loud and clear" without having to really say anything. It allows a person to follow the post and comments just to see what people want to say. Really... It's not that hard to understand. So, why would people want to add this to their ever-growing list of complaints?


Chancie   April 22nd, 2010 11:27 am ET

How about a "Dislike" button at the Facebook root? Can we dislike the whole site?


John Bohrmann   April 22nd, 2010 11:27 am ET

No to the "dislike" button. If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

Everyone saying it's a fad – you're wrong.

Anyone saying it's like MySpace – you're wrong. MySpace is poorly programmed and quite ridiculous.

Anyone saying that Facebook annoys them – why are you reading this article? Why can't you stay away? It's not difficult.


Kris   April 22nd, 2010 11:28 am ET

The biggest reason I would want a dislike button is for instances where the like button is not appropriate. If a friend posted a status stating "At the ER with the little...she fell out of the tree and broke her leg". I would most definately not choose the like button, that is for sure! It would be nice to have an option to choose other than typing something out.


Skycomet   April 22nd, 2010 11:29 am ET

I think that a short story by E. M. Forrester should be required reading, the name of the story is "The Machine Stops"; basically people no longer interface directly with each other they only communicate over video and audio links and never leave their homes.

Is that where we are headed?


dick fitzwell   April 22nd, 2010 11:29 am ET

Facebook a Fad???? Ummmm FB overtook Google as the most visited site on the web. And people aren't just using to find an old high school friend that they never talk to. They're using it to rent their apartments, to sell their laptops, to find out if anyone is driving to Tahoe for the weekend....
The people that hate Facebook, are the people who don't have any friends to connect with. Or they have nothing interesting in the life to share with anyone. Personally I like going out with 15 or my friends, and the next day being able look at 100 different pictures that 7 different people took. But then, I guess I'm weird.


Cindy   April 22nd, 2010 11:31 am ET

Not on FB and not ever going to be. I'm not a kid and not really a social-butterfly like to be honest. Nor do I want total strangers or even friends for that matter, with all kinds of personal information about me. WTH are people thinking???


Sarah Lewis   April 22nd, 2010 11:32 am ET

Personally I would rather a "you're an idiot learn how to spell" button


AmIAntiSocial   April 22nd, 2010 11:33 am ET

The former GDR's STASI would have loved FB. Just think of how much $ that govt. would have saved in surveillance operations with millions of citizens Willingly posting every personal detail of their private lives. Who needs the FBI, CIA, KGB, MI6, or Mossad when you have Facebook!!


meltco   April 22nd, 2010 11:33 am ET

dislikes this.


AJ   April 22nd, 2010 11:35 am ET

IF you don't like facebook, don't use it!!! people say facebook is for people who have too much time on their hands.....what about the person who finds time to write blogs about how much they hate facebook? why hate something that you dont HAVE to use! unreal how stupid people are, it just keeps getting worse over time.


Rising Watersq   April 22nd, 2010 11:35 am ET

Here is the thing...it's a lot easier to relieve some stress in the virtual world of the internet then submitting your opinion to someone face to face. A "dislike" button would be highly overused and abused, just due to the fact of human nature and mob mentality. Therefore creating a negative drain upon innocent people. "I seen a red butterfly today!" ""dislike"". People would do it just for kicks. No dislike button, and if there is one, I'll "dislike" it.


Jerry   April 22nd, 2010 11:35 am ET

You can hide all of your friends Farmville/Mafia Wars/Stupid games but simply scrolling over it and then hitting the "HIDE" button.

Love Facebook. Can spend as little or as much time as I want on it. Don't have to have long lost friends added as "friends" if I don't want to. It is what I make it. Just like life.


Old Voter   April 22nd, 2010 11:37 am ET

I tried this face book thing briefly.
Didn't like the idea of having to give them all the personal info.
I just wanted to contact a couple of relatives for free.
What the hey, I can do that with my cell phone and from any place in the world and I don't need a computer so I canceled the account and have not been back since.
I find that, at least for me, I am not missing anything.


Yolanda   April 22nd, 2010 11:37 am ET

Adding a "dislike" button would give cyber bullies and trolls another tool to torment others. Here's an idea, if you "dislike" something you're reading on the internet, stop reading it and move on!


Vintage59   April 22nd, 2010 11:42 am ET

I have a better solution. I have never used a social networking site and have no interest in ever doing so. I call that my dislike button.


Trip   April 22nd, 2010 11:44 am ET

People have been going on about this since Facebook first opened with a 'like' button. This isn't new. There have been tons of Facebook fan pages dedicated to it and groups that have stated that they have finally broken the barrier and Facebook is going to put a button up just as they always wanted. But Facebook never did it and they probably still won't.


Unique_Idendtifier   April 22nd, 2010 11:44 am ET

"Dislike" is not always implied by the number (or lack) of likes. If only three people like something, sure, it's probably not great, but it could just be new. If a hundred or even a thousand people like something, that still doesn't mean much given the number of people using the internet and the possibility of fraud. Adding the contrast of a "dislike" button would allow more accurate data on which to judge the merits of web content.


Snort.   April 22nd, 2010 11:45 am ET

facebook was fantastic years ago before it was overcrowded with kids and old people. i wish it would have never became available to non-students.

also, I'm against a dislike button. it's mean. if you don't like someone's post, ignore it. don't be a jerk about it.

----------------

Yeah, don't be a jerk like someone that would publicly diss kids and old people.


Eggytoast   April 22nd, 2010 11:50 am ET

"email is just a fad. I tried email but it's just an annoying way to send a letter. It'll never catch on - I deleted my email account and if people want to get ahold of me, they have to call me. I already threw my computer out once I realized that computers and the Internet are just a fad - I'm not a kid and I only want to talk to three people ever. Until I realize that telephony is a fad and get rid of that too."


Trixie   April 22nd, 2010 11:50 am ET

I RARELY use the like button. When you use it, you get every comment anyone makes about the original post. I don't care what people I don't know are saying about the post. Everytime I get used to facebook, they change the format.....for the worse.


opivydrea   April 22nd, 2010 11:53 am ET

Why is this front page news? Who cares?


Vickie   April 22nd, 2010 11:55 am ET

If you don't like seeing game reports showing up on your wall you can click "hide" (yes it is there right next to the post) and you have the option of either hiding all posts or just posts from that particular application that your friend is using


chelseafran   April 22nd, 2010 11:56 am ET

Probably not germane to this particular discussion, but my pet peeve with all of the "social media" crap is that many of my favorite websites have become mere clickthroughs for Twitter, Facebook, etc.

For instance, I go to a local food/restaurant web site that was once an interesting and useful source of information, and there will be an article header that will then direct you to "read all about this on our Tweet!! And give their Twitter url.

Hello, I went to your site to get that article/information, not to have to go to ANOTHER website to read the piece. So I "vote" with my mouse and go elsewhere, leaving a once-visited site for greener pastures.


carmella   April 22nd, 2010 11:56 am ET

I got a facebook account in 04 when I became a college student and at this time...I also had a myspace account. Once I got on facebook, I deleted myspace because of the ramdom weird friend requests of creepy people that you don't even know. That's what I loved so much about facebook...privacy. Now they make changes constantly and you page and info can be open to the entire world without you even know.

I can see why people like it as far as connecting with family and sharing pics of relatives. Most of the friends I had on there are people that I don't talk to regularly. I now look at is as...I lost touch with these people for a reason...any true friend in my opinion would keep in contact with you without using facebook. To each his own. I chose to delete my facebook after I read an article that says when you give status updates...it will tell people you location...seems strange. I don't want or need people knowing my exact location when I will go to do a status update. I'm not sure when they plan to implement that. I will probably never use facebook again and it will probably die off just like myspace.

If you use facebook properly that is wonderful however I am finding that people use it as gossip anymore so I choose not to participate.


Yousif   April 22nd, 2010 11:57 am ET

In my opinion, fb should only add a dislike button for statuses; it might hurt one's feelings if it were implemented on photos, videos and wall posts.


Thanh   April 22nd, 2010 12:00 pm ET

The concept of a dislike button is stupid. Think of it this way. The like button serves to raise interest in a particular post. What you do want people to do with a post that's disliked? It's attention grabbing at its lowest and the last thing we need is to empower more trolls on the internet.

Your social network should be your friends rather than "friends." If they have an issue with your posts, they should spell it out in the comments.


Mary White   April 22nd, 2010 12:03 pm ET

why not a dislike button already!!!!


aime   April 22nd, 2010 12:10 pm ET

The point of facebook was to alloy people to connect and be social...those of you who do not want to be socialized stay off of facebook...people don't have to know wether or not you like a topic or not...you don't have to publish everything that you do, that is the point of setting limits on your account...you have the ability to delete a post before anyone else sees it ...what more do you really want...nobody is ever going to be 100% satisfied with anything anyone does...I enjoy being able to keep in touch with my friends family who I don't get to see everyday and to know what they are interested in or to show them what I am interested in...that is the point of facebook...so people can stay connected!


eric   April 22nd, 2010 12:11 pm ET

I've never seen more biased, nonobjective commenting in my life. Think people, post opinions, not your "facts." that apply to only you.


Deuce   April 22nd, 2010 12:11 pm ET

I don't see why we can't have a dislike button. I mean, people post on their Facebook "My grandmother died today" and what, you're supposed to "Like" it? That's the problem, there needs to be some way for people to "agree" with a negative post.

I absolutely agree with a Digg style system, where stories get dugg and buried by the community and the news is what the PEOPLE want to see, not what the editor for a particular news agency wants us to see. Too many times, important stories get buried in the media. Just today I learned that a medical marijuana bill was killed in my home state of WI, a bill that got virtually NO media coverage at all. Gee, I wonder why it died??


whatever   April 22nd, 2010 12:15 pm ET

I "dislike" myself for having read so many of these comments about liking and disliking. I'm going outside, it's sunny.


mixed feelings   April 22nd, 2010 12:15 pm ET

My feelings about FB are mixed. About it being for people with too much time. It is. But, so are these blog things. I don't like that every time anybody does anything I get an e-mail. While it has been interesting to find people from my past I don't need to know how they are progressing on their game playing. I don't need to know when they commented to or about someone else.


kat   April 22nd, 2010 12:16 pm ET

Facebook doesn't need a dislike button because people need to learn how to ignore the things they don't like. Like the weirdos who will read an article and comment on how they don't care about the topic.

o_O


Todd   April 22nd, 2010 12:16 pm ET

I think a dislike button has potential. It wouldn't cause friction among friends if it wasn't displayed that you don't like something. It sure would be helpful for potentially filtering out the kinds of posts you have no interest in though...


Mickrock   April 22nd, 2010 12:17 pm ET

I say we f*%k the whole thing up by clicking on every 'like' button out there...


scott oneill   April 22nd, 2010 12:19 pm ET

People, get a life.


Eric   April 22nd, 2010 12:19 pm ET

There is enough incivility on the internet already. "dislike" only adds to that. If you don't like something just ignore it and if it is truly offensive report it.


katie   April 22nd, 2010 12:21 pm ET

there doesn't need to be a dislike button–if you feel something more profound than wanting to express that you 'like' something, then leave a comment. what's next, an 'ambivalent' button?


FanOfKOAM   April 22nd, 2010 12:22 pm ET

@Catdaddy: it is not "obvious" that everyone else didn't like it. Maybe some people didn't like it, but the overwhelming majority of people didn't even see it, and other people just don't care either way.


Charlotte   April 22nd, 2010 12:26 pm ET

Facebook is great. For those who hate it, don't use it. Those of us who have friends on every continent, it's a nice and convenient way to keep up without having to sink a bunch of time into it.....I only look when I have time to. The 'dislike' button is a bit redundant, but so is the 'like' button. Anything my friends post is by default disliked if it is bad news and liked if it is good. As for the ads, just ignore them. Sometimes I don't even notice that they are there.


Deuce   April 22nd, 2010 12:28 pm ET

I keep forgetting that the majority of people out there are so shallow that they only wish to maintain friendships with people that agree with them in all things. I guess if you are one of THOSE people, the type that will get all upset and offended because someone doesn't agree with their particular political ideology, or religion, or anything for that matter, then a dislike button will be really offensive to you.

I mean, heaven forbid people have to deal with adversity in their lives. When did we become so obtuse and reluctant to even DISCUSS our differences? Seriously, someone potentially disliking a post on your wall, this is enough to drive you people to hysterics??? I would challenge that any viewpoint that can;t stand up to criticism or adversity is a pretty stupid unfounded viewpoint, and if you are the type of person that has viewpoints like that, do the world a favor and hand in your breeding license. We have enough petty problems in this world then to populate a new generation of children that can't even defend their views and instead believe what they do "just because".


Alex   April 22nd, 2010 12:30 pm ET

Problem with a dislike button as it's too easy to abuse. Someone with an agenda, or a competing company, could stack the deck against someone or an organization. Granted, the same can be said for the Like button, especially in the case of people and companies promoting themselves, but when people cheat it seems a bit more palatable if they're doing so in a positive way than a negative, for some reason.


Mike Mundy, Houston, TX   April 22nd, 2010 12:30 pm ET

Here's the bigger picture I think. The media is unable to control what other's think, feel or believe. In our current political climate, I would wager that having a "Dislike" button to one's comment (more importantly a politician's or interest group's), would demonstrate that Facebook users tend to be more mainstream, practical thinkers. The last thing a liberal commentator wants is to have more "Dislikes", then "Likes"


2 Gabby Gals   April 22nd, 2010 12:32 pm ET

Although there are many times when I wish there was a "Dislike" button, I think it can get out of control. I think since you don't want to offend people, it might be best to just ignore it and move on. I hate being PC all the time, but sometimes you should not really say what you think. A filter may be very helpful.


FooBarr   April 22nd, 2010 12:34 pm ET

Most people on the internet behave like angry trolls, with or without anonymity. Giving them more tools to act like road raging teeneyboppers will very likely make the internet a much less civil place than it already isn't.


Deuce   April 22nd, 2010 12:35 pm ET

@Mike Mundy

I would argue the exact opposite. I think that if you opened it up for honest debate, most people are much more liberal then the Mainstream media would like us to believe.

The fact is, the overwhelming majority of people out there could care less what their neighbors are doing, as long as they aren't hurting anyone. That is not a conservative ideology. The fact that hot button issues like Gay Marriage and Marijuana Reform are making such great strides in this country illustrates that, as a whole.


College Grad   April 22nd, 2010 12:35 pm ET

I remember when Facebook was only for college students and you needed ".edu" email address to join. Now it's the same thing as Myspace.


A   April 22nd, 2010 12:39 pm ET

Aalia likes this article.


Monica   April 22nd, 2010 12:41 pm ET

My friends and I would like a dislike for situations, when our friends say something like. I just picked up my car from the garage and it cost me $600. That is a dislike.

They also need ot change things like, Jen became a fan of pregnancy loss.

Thats not really what she did, she just joined a group supporting people with pregnancy loss.

FB is clueless with their users, and they change and change without caring what anyone thinks.

I give it maybe 1 more year.


Rita   April 22nd, 2010 12:42 pm ET

I love it....I found my old high school friends...Don't like it, then don't use it.


Wylie   April 22nd, 2010 12:42 pm ET

One of the few nice things about the SKYNEWS.com discussion section is that if someone is really annoying, there is an "ignore" button, and that person is filtered out. Unfortunatly I have Yahoo!mail which is linked to Facebook and it gets urging me to connect with friends of friends. Facebook, connect your lips with my --.


amy   April 22nd, 2010 12:46 pm ET

i think there should be a Jealous button!!!


rkm   April 22nd, 2010 12:46 pm ET

Could this hopefully be the decline of this virus?


Daryn   April 22nd, 2010 12:47 pm ET

In a culture where the more anonymous you are, the ruder you are, the dislike button is a bad idea. Facebook doesn't need to cater to rude cowards that would NEVER have the courage to say aloud the things they write. When someone "unfriends" you on facebook now, it is harmless and painless. If someone disagrees with you, they have to write why or just go away, they can't just press the "dislike" button. I think the political lightweights want a "dislike" button because they simply aren't bright enough to voice reasonable opposition. You don't need to be notified when someone stops being your friend. You don't need to be notified when some random idiot dislikes what you have to say. The dislike button would be the exclusive domain of the rude and brainless coward.


Edwin   April 22nd, 2010 12:47 pm ET

'Dislike' is not implied. If you have 3 'likes' - then you don't know how many people saw it, nor how many thought it was okay but not good enough to 'like'.

There are really three choices: like, dislike, and 'meh'...


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Ross Townsend   April 22nd, 2010 12:49 pm ET

I wonder why anyone would want the whole world to know which web sites they visit. And what good would that information be to the whole world, except for annoying marketing harassment?


CSY   April 22nd, 2010 12:51 pm ET

I think Facebook needs to die anyway. More often then not, it's being used to discriminate in the work environment. I have friends in hiring positions and they have admitted that an applicant's Facebook page does indeed make a difference in the hiring process. Even the LACK of a Facebook page can send up red flags.

This is ridiculous. It's totally discriminatory, but also totally unprovable. If I decide to go out for drinks on a saturday I should not have to worry about a potential interviewer seeing that and assuming I'm an alcoholic.


Amanda   April 22nd, 2010 12:51 pm ET

I think a dislike button is a horrible idea. It's only going to let the jack@SSes on your page be sarcastic and mean. I dont like this idea at all!!


Leigh   April 22nd, 2010 12:52 pm ET

I'm going through a thing where I'm tired of friends (more like acquaintances) who are constantly negative toward others. They zap the energy out of ANYTHING. THEY would LOVE the "dislike" button. I'm so tired of haters, and the "like" button is positive and it symbolizes: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it."

I have thick skin, but am allowed to have had enough with people who feel the need to bring others down instead of trying to find a way to lift them up. Constructive criticisim can be given in a positive way. There, I've vented, just because of a discussion about the "like" button...


David   April 22nd, 2010 12:52 pm ET

I have a love-hate relationship with FB.

On the good side, I've reconnected with friends I've lost contact with. Nothing like finding an old kindergarten friend and reaquainting. I also like sharing and seeing pictures of my family and friends.

One the bad side, I'm so sick of hearing about farmville, petville, barfville, etc... I don't want a virtual drink, don't want to hear about your blackjack scores. Don't want to hear about the latest product that's about to go "viral".

I just want to use it to communicate with people I like. Sometimes I wish I could have two accounts, one for friends and for disfunctional family members.

But I'll take the good with the bad and continue to use it.


Ainge   April 22nd, 2010 12:55 pm ET

People, THINK! What are the negatives of a DISLIKE button? Here's an example, a depressed mother writes: "I am happy to have my faith." This gets 100 dislikes. Then she gets more depressed and commits suicide. Who is liable? Facebook of course. Mark Z. actually thinks, unless most people.


Daina   April 22nd, 2010 12:57 pm ET

Having FB appear everywhere NOT @ my behest has given me incentive to divest myself of FB and cnn as homepage.


CJ   April 22nd, 2010 12:57 pm ET

A dislike button is just asking for trouble. If I really like something, I use the like button. Otherwise I do nothing, and the poster can assume I'm either neutral, didn't see it, or don't like it. I've found that people who truly don't like something will find a way to stir up trouble and indicate their dislike anyway, especially when it comes to religious and political issues. I think Facebook is smart to not offer a sanctioned, easy way for people to see who dislikes stuff.


CSY   April 22nd, 2010 12:58 pm ET

@David:

You can have multiple Facebook accounts. I have one for friends and family, and another for work. All you need to do is use two different email addresses when you sign up.

If Facebook REALLY wants to improve, they will allow people to sort their "friends" into groups and have certain content only be visible to people in the relevant group. A "Friends" group, a "Family" group, a "Coworker" group, etc. Even allow for custom groups, like a "Games" group for just those people you play Mafia Wars and Farmville with.

I think it would go a long way towards appeasing some of the complaints about Facebook, but then again, Mark Zuckerberg is NOTORIOUS for having the personal belief that all content should be wide open for everyone to see. This is nothing new, there have been mini controversies about this already, especially as concerns photos of people online.


lIllI   April 22nd, 2010 1:02 pm ET

***Yawn***
Next fad please.


Allan   April 22nd, 2010 1:05 pm ET

I am an avid FB user for keeping in touch with relatives & friends (past & present). I see both sides of the argument as to why people like or dislike FB. One poster said you can use as it as little or as much as you like which is true...you are not required to be on it all day or even longer than a couple minutes.

For those saying it's a "waste of time", "for morons", "never have neever will"...how you critique something you've never used...sounds pretty ignorant then. If you've used it and didn't like it then at least you have some foundation to form an opinion around.

And for those spouting off about putting all your personal info on the internet...what personal info are we talking about? Last I checked the only required information was an email address to get the account started, you don't even have to give your real name. Now sure some put their phones numbers, spouses, employers, siblings, etc on there but just because they do doesn't mean everyone has to. It's not like your Social or banks account info is on the site lol.


David   April 22nd, 2010 1:06 pm ET

CSY,

Great idea about sorting friends by groups. That' would be a huge improvement.

I had a gut reaction that a dislike button would be a good idea, but the more comments I read, I think it would be abused. You don't like it, don't click like it.

But thanks CSY. Good tip. Appreciate it.

See, internet communication can be civil...


Dan   April 22nd, 2010 1:07 pm ET

Facebook needs to restore more privacy. I don't want to share with the world, including potential employers, every page that I become a fan of. I have a short list of fan pages, but some people would have some fan pages that could hurt them if a potential employer viewed their public FB profile. There currently is no way in Facebook to hide fan pages in your public profile that everyone can view.


JUAN   April 22nd, 2010 1:08 pm ET

i love justin beaber


Rob   April 22nd, 2010 1:10 pm ET

Many more dislike Facebook;you are afraid to hear the truth>>>>


MORGAN   April 22nd, 2010 1:14 pm ET

FACEBOOK SUCKS BALLSSSSS LMAO (=


Jack Bauer   April 22nd, 2010 1:18 pm ET

I love the people who come here and spend the time to post comments simply attacking facebook, calling it and its users juvenile names, or a fad/ waste of time. Yet these same people see nothing wrong with spending their valuable time posting comments to news stories about subjects they obviously care nothing about other than to spread their hate and negativity to any and all who will read their drivel. Ah yes...that's soooo much less of a fad and waste of time isn't it?


Sarah   April 22nd, 2010 1:24 pm ET

Who has two thumbs and LIKEs this article? This girl.


bettylion   April 22nd, 2010 1:25 pm ET

The one thing I wish that Facebook would add is the ability to block out seeing certain people's updates and stuff, without actually un-friending them.

I'm not about to un-friend my best friend, but she posts way too much stuff! If I could 'ignore' her posts, but still be her friend and be able to send and receive private messages, that would be perfect.


sameeker   April 22nd, 2010 1:26 pm ET

it does tend to get old reading things that I could care less about. "I changed the cat box a while ago and then used teh toilet. Half of it floated and half of it was runny" This is too much information and I don't need to know what my friends are doing 24/7. As with anything, if they plaster it everywhere, I get burnt out on it real fast. I don't like the idea that in order to comment on a CNN – Money articlae the other day, I was going to have to log onto facebook to do it. Is facebook going to controll all the communication now.


lIllI   April 22nd, 2010 1:27 pm ET

Jack, Jack, Jack. We are not wasting our time posting comments on these stories. We are trying to rehabilitate those lost souls who have diverted down the path of Facebook in err. Do you really need Facebook in order to stay in contact with friends?! Ever heard of picking up a phone and calling to talk with them rather than posting little quirky messages to them or stating to the world what you are doing?


JennB   April 22nd, 2010 1:27 pm ET

Facebook was before myspace, facebook is not a myspace copy cat. As mentioned below, facebook used to be for only college students. Those were the days before Farmville...I miss those days!


George B   April 22nd, 2010 1:29 pm ET

I was horrified yesterday to see that CNN.com was more than happy to add a Facebook "wall" on my CNN homepage and just as eager to add every comment I ever post on CNN onto my FB account. The -last- thing I'd ever want is to allow FB to assemble a complete dossier on my thoughts and activities and then publish it to the world.

What if I posted something like "Ron Paul is just a business friendly Ralph Nader with no hope of being elected but plenty of opportunity to further splinter the Republican Party" in response to an article on CNN and later a prospective employer (who happens to be a Paul supporter) checks up on my web "footprint" – not good for me.

CNN (and the other online publishers) ought to consider that they're getting an awful lot of content for free from their readers (these posts) and that actions like this might actually inhibit reader interaction, not encourage it. It's all about protecting your brand; while I see Facebook's brand benefiting from this new feature, I don't see how CNN is improving their image...


heartalm   April 22nd, 2010 1:30 pm ET

People don't need any more encouragement to be rude to someone. It happens enough already.

If someone doesn't like a posting, they can either ignore it or make a comment. Let's not go out of our way to spread negative thoughts.


M@!   April 22nd, 2010 1:30 pm ET

FB admins need to make the settings easier to access. Most people just can't figure out how to filter the perpetual notifications. And yes, it seems there is only tolerance of sunshine and puppies in Facebookland. I find that 90% of people's responses to others posts are more or less just ego stroking. Criticism is forboten! In the last few days I've had more than one friend threaten to dump FB altogether because of all the headaches and hypocrisy. It is time for a dislike button. Man cannot live by validation alone.


Sherry   April 22nd, 2010 1:32 pm ET

My comments....I agree with the fact that most statements aren't pure black and white. Some share various shades of gray. Therefore, it might be best to let people express themselves with Likes, Dislikes, Uncertains, etc.

Something that drives me crazy are the Farmville and Mafia game players. Those individuals seem addicted to wasting time and energy Why not volunteer for real-life projects such as volunteering at a hospital, growing a REAL garden or enlisting in the military. Be proactive and consturctive instead of wasting time, energy and brain power on senseless games. It's no wonder today's youth living in the United States fall so far behind other countries in academics. They spend too much time concentrating on senseless matters.


kevin   April 22nd, 2010 1:32 pm ET

Facebook is for people who need to constantly have their egos jacked off. "I made toast." "My son is puking."
It's not for everybody. I am a guilty user who posts stuff, waiting for other's approval. Does it really make me feel better about myself? Not really. Eh.


PM   April 22nd, 2010 1:33 pm ET

I like Brian's comment :) CNN stories and discussion boards need the dislike and like buttons the most.


Theresa   April 22nd, 2010 1:37 pm ET

I find Twitter and Facebook shove 'suggested sites and followers' down our throats. Twitter just changed their sign in/home page into a suggested sites bulletin board that slows down my sign in and flashes garbage that I never want to read about in my face – after my sign in has been stalled by all the action on the page after 5 seconds.

And what is with the 'your progress' bar under the profile photo at my Facebook page?


lauren   April 22nd, 2010 1:38 pm ET

I'm guessing that all the people who disapprove of status updates, also disapprove of twitter...and social networking in general...


kdavid   April 22nd, 2010 1:38 pm ET

I don't want to be anyone's friend on Facebook so I never joined. Yet I get emails from Facebook telling me someone wants to be my friend. I hate it. I don't need Facebook to stay connected to those I want in my life. I don't know if it is a fad but I'm sure that in the next 5 years something else will come along. Either way. I'm not looking to be befriended nor am I looking for any more friends. Call me a loser or anti- social if you want. But I have a feeling that in the end I will be the real winner for not having joined a bunch of made up Facebook fans.


lIllI   April 22nd, 2010 1:48 pm ET

DING DING DING! Someone give lauren a prize. As Kevin mentions above, people with massive ego's that need to feel special and proclaim to the world what they are doing every minute of every day use social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, etc). They serve no purpose other than to allow them to proclaim I have X-number of friends, how about you? Other than having a person listed as a supposed friend on one of those sites so that they can keep tabs on you and post on your "page," how many of them do people actually talk to in person or over the phone?


Kris   April 22nd, 2010 1:54 pm ET

I occasionally use facebook, but only to see what my freinds are doing. Facebook WILL eventually get to the point where someone who months ago spent hours on Farmville everyday will go on and go, 'Meh, I don't like it anymore.' Myspace.com has had that, and so will Whirled.com.


Priam   April 22nd, 2010 1:57 pm ET

People seem to be missing the point. The issue isn't so much the existence of a "dislike" button, although I believe that it would be only fair with regard to the appearance of a ubiquitous "like" button. The problem with this is the mechanism by which even if you are logged out of FB, this little gizmo will recognize who you are, post it on your profile, make it available to people beyond your groups of friends on FB, store the data, automatically show to everyone on your contact list and beyond off of FB that you 'liked' the object and, finally, modify the type of information that comes to be displayed on your account. This also means that you'll be flooded with even more news from everyone.

I use FB, I think it's a wonderful tool for keeping in touch. I'm sure that there are plenty of people out there who don't care that their lives are displayed for all to see (whether they like it or not). Of course there are settings that allow one to limit somewhat how far the information goes, but that isn't enough – I want to choose what kind of information comes to me: I really couldn't care less about some friend's Fed Cup frenzy or another one's obsession with articles on saving retarded, malnourished pygmy hamsters from the horrors of Melbourne dumpsters, I can't stand Big Sport and quite frankly I don't care about Aussie rodents with food poisoning. Choosing the types of incoming and outgoing streams, as well as keeping one's own sacrosanct privacy are the most important liberties in massively open communities.
Sadly it looks like this isn't on the menu. If that's the case, then what I would REALLY "LIKE" for this new feature is a simple setting with the following name and function: "Turn Off."


Michael   April 22nd, 2010 1:57 pm ET

FB or any similiar type social networki is nothing more than a corporate big brother tool that will eventually be used by the governments, collection agencies, and other agencies up to no good.


Tej   April 22nd, 2010 2:04 pm ET

FB is great – I get to keep in touch with my friends all over the world...and got back in touch with friends I have thought of over the years...but we dont need a like button all over the internet....
FB is not just about "socializing" people tend to think all facebookers do is talk about garbage – that is not the case...I am an avid reader and follow current events – I use my FB forum to share things I have learned from reading articles on cnn.com and various others news sites – its nice to spark a debate between friends about topics one feels strongly about – hey you can learn a thing or two....


Jay   April 22nd, 2010 2:04 pm ET

Jessica – There are people with plenty of friends who don't like the whole Facebook thing. They have plenty of other ways to connect with friends (via e-mail, texting, phone, standard mail, etc.). Some just rather be close to a few rather than airing their business out to 30-500 people with most being merely acquaintances.


eleve   April 22nd, 2010 2:06 pm ET

Has anyone else notice that the "agree" or "like" button has been removed from CNN comments? Any thoughts on that?


NonSequitorian   April 22nd, 2010 2:19 pm ET

A number of my friends are sick or have kids who are sick. When all you have is a "like" button, it's not as if you can sympathize with it. "Dislike" at least partly conveys that you're sad they're sick.


MKD25   April 22nd, 2010 2:20 pm ET

Hey, thanks for quoting one of my comments, Mr. Sutter! This social animal will be looking out for more opportunities on CNN to bash social networking.


B-dot   April 22nd, 2010 2:50 pm ET

I'm not particularly driven by other's likes and dislikes inside or out of my immediate circle of friends and family. I try to respect those that I am aware of. I find the "Like" button rather insignificant and benign. I don't see many flames over peoples' expressions of liking something, and since it doesn't impose on me in any way beyond scrolling past the clutter, I ignore it (I look at it as freedom of choice). I think of the concept of a "Dislike" button invites malicious behavior. Again, as long as it doesn't impose on me, I'd ignore it. If it leaves me at a point where I find myself in a constant barrage of obnoxious activity, I become an ex-user and take my advertising views elsewhere. Facebook is a non-essential. I see no point in criticizing others use of Facebook or their reasons for using it.


Kat   April 22nd, 2010 2:51 pm ET

For the HUNDRETH time, if you are "sick" of reading posts about mafia wars or some ones baby, SIMPLY BLOCK THEIR POSTS. It takes one EASY click. Roll your mouse (that's the big thing in your hand that moves the arrow) to the right of the offensive post, when "block posts from this person/application" pops up, click on .
I for one wish I could block all of your posts that wine about this.


sameeker   April 22nd, 2010 2:53 pm ET

We should all just assume that if only 3 people liked something, than the other 300 million must have hated it. Just like the advertisers do, you must "opt out" if you actually like something. lol


John   April 22nd, 2010 3:07 pm ET

I've been on FB for several years and have enjoyed keeping up with my friends/family on there but I'm leaving the site after yesterday's announcements. Apparently there are close to 500M people that aren't concerned about their privacy and I'm the odd-ball here. Argue if you wish but Facebook, if successful, will continue to share your personal information with others...that's their business model whether you want to admit it or not. I can't believe there's not a larger outcry against what this company is proposing. Time will tell if I'm wrong. I hope I am but given this company's track record, I believe invasion of privacy will continue to be "business as usual" for this outfit.


Christopher   April 22nd, 2010 3:13 pm ET

I find it ironic that people here are complaining SO MUCH about Facebook and what a waste of time it is, yet they are also wasting the time proclaiming that same fact here on CNN. Lemme guess, this is different somehow?

As for a Dislike button, I think it's needed. There is no way to show support for someone now related to a negative event. I mean, what, you "like" the fact that your friends mother died? It's absurd. So how do you show support? You can post a comment, obviously, but how many "I am so sorry for your loss" does a post need? Why not add a sympathy button or some other way. "Disliking" a death in someone's family, or the fact that someone's sick, or the fact that someone's car broke down is obviously easily recognizable as a positive action.

As for the people concerned that people are going to "dislike" their opinions and posts, well, welcome to the real world. See, here in the REAL world people don't always agree with you. I know it's really hard to deal with people that have different opinions of you, but honestly, I think this social networking phenomenon of surrounding yourself ONLY with people that have the exact same ideals as you is HURTING SOCIETY AS A WHOLE. It's already apparent in our kids, who get called a dirty name on the playground and next thing you know they are a sobbing useless wreck. They can't deal with any adversity in their lives at all. They can't "ignore it" because no one ever taught them how...we all metaphorically tell them "That's okay junior, you don't have to hear anything you don't like!"

It's ridiculous and needs to stop, for the sake of all of us.


hjs   April 22nd, 2010 3:34 pm ET

I think that even if you close your Facebook account, your data never leaves their system. It will live there forever and forever be accessible to them for however they deem necessary.


Ron   April 22nd, 2010 3:38 pm ET

I would like to see a dislike button on the ads/games that keep posting while I'm on. If you dislike it it gets blocked!


allanhowls   April 22nd, 2010 3:38 pm ET

Carolyn: People will send you FB invites all on their own; they want to keep in touch with their friends. Try not having any friends. I'll bet you can do it. You do realize that Facebook is both "netowrking" and "social," right?


Paige   April 22nd, 2010 3:46 pm ET

I feel like this article wasn't well-written. I was unsure of what you were trying to convey in the beginning by saying "Is my writing that bad?" and "Zing!" Care to explain what you were meaning by writing that..


SoulardGuy   April 22nd, 2010 3:52 pm ET

I "dislike" facebook.


DeDe   April 22nd, 2010 3:55 pm ET

Of course the most recent changes on Facebook are about ads, making your info available to those who want to hit you with targeted ads, and therefore, it 's all about money.

and quoting Leslie B above:
"3) They insist on trying to make people share more information than they care to. You have to repeatedly check your privacy settings to catch when they have made opening up more information to others a "default" without asking you.

That is SO TRUE. I don't think a lot of users realize it. I checked my privacy settings just yesterday, and there was an added line allowing a site to access my personal info "the first time I visited". There was a check-mark allowing that – so even though I did not EVER check that box, I had been allowing that for (how long? I have no idea). I don't believe that line/category was there the last time I checked my privacy settings a few weeks ago.

They add these little sneaky things in odd places, too. When you check your settings, look EVERYWHERE. You may be opted in to some things that will surprise you.

Those who are not opting out of these latest changes, and therefore having their Facebook picture, etc. show up in all kinds of places off Facebook are nuts!


Jessica   April 22nd, 2010 3:56 pm ET

I'd like a "Dislike" option for when people "Like" that ridiculous statement about "Dear Lord you took away my favorite actress....blah blah blah... my favorite President is Obama" crap and it shows up on my page. It would offer a mild way of letting the peron who gave their opinion on something I disagree with or or think is moronic my opinion too. I don't want to Hide all their comments, but I sure would like a way to show I disagree without getting into a tiff over it!


Fragile Ego   April 22nd, 2010 3:57 pm ET

OH NO! Someone may dislike something I posted on Facebook! How will I ever cope with this? Man, life is so hard when having to deal with people that disagree with me!

I know, I will just un-friend everyone who ever dislikes anything I say! That way, I will forever be surrounded only by those people which will reinforce my ideas, and I don't have to deal with the aggravation of thinking more fully about my opinions or listening to other viewpoints! Who has time for introspective thought in this day and age?


aroth   April 22nd, 2010 4:00 pm ET

A "dislike" button will never happen. The problem is that having both "like" and "dislike" invites arguments and flame-wars between the two sides. Or between the author and the people who dislike their post.

It also has the potential to upset the author of the post being disliked, without offering them any positive gain to offset itself.

I'm sure Facebook has thought through this issue, and reached the same conclusions. Having only a "like" option is beneficial from their point of view because 1) it ensures that authors only get positive feedback, which encourages them to continue creating content (and without the user-generated content creation, Facebook would shrivel up and die) and 2) it mitigates conflict by leaving people who dislike something with no options other than to ignore it completely, or go through the effort of typing a follow-up comment which registers their dislike (which people aren't going to do, unless they *really* dislike something).


Ewan   April 22nd, 2010 4:00 pm ET

I think there is already enough negative in the world and adding a dislike button will just create negativity on Facebook. I strongly agree with Facebook on not adding a dislike button.


Fragile Ego   April 22nd, 2010 4:05 pm ET

@Ewan: I know, right?! So many people disagreeing out there, it's just so darn exhausting!

The world would be a much better place if everyone just agreed with everyone else! Who needs independent thought anyway?


Sency   April 22nd, 2010 4:16 pm ET

I am sure Facebook will come up with different types of buttons, the like button probably won't be the last we have scene of this

http://www.sency.com/facebook-buttons.htm


A   April 22nd, 2010 4:20 pm ET

Comments, blogs, and responses on the internet are so negative as it is. I don't think we need more negative-reinforcing "buttons" out there


cf   April 22nd, 2010 4:25 pm ET

Come on, people! Everyone is way overreacting. The new like features across other sites only work when you are logged into Facebook. If you dont want to participate in it, just logoff FB before you go off to other sites.

Who care about a dislike button? Everyone knows the like button is just so lazy people can participate ina discussion without having to type an actual comment. If you dislike something, it's more constructive to leave a comment explaining why you dislike it instead of clicking a button anyway... or just walk away.

Is it really worth getting all bent out of shape over? geez


SocialNotWorking   April 22nd, 2010 4:31 pm ET

I have been on FB for more than 3 years. I have been on Twitter since a week after it started. I have been on Myspace, on Bebo, on hi5, and countless others... that was part of my job. I do not use any of those anymore.
The only people that spend time sending invitations to the last group they created, and 1456th duplicate of some other stupid, tasteless, or hateful group, that write status updates that say "I need to go to the bathroom – sent from my iPhone 3G" and include the GPS coordinates of above said bathroom, that add pictures of them as a toddler with their face covered with food, and ask 1000 strangers to rate it, belong to 3 categories:
– the bored, under-supervised teenagers (the same that, at 14, send naked pictures of themselves from their phone to 30 year olds)
– the fad-addicts that would do anything if it's new and they read about it in the tech section of their local paper
– the people that don't have any real friends, or at least not any with whom they can share anything but pointless discussion about the last sport results

Facebook, like the others, will eventually fade away in the media background, replaced by the next fad to come. Those who use it as a tool to fill up their emotionally empty life will go back to regular dating sites, the teenagers will grow up, and Facebook will follow the latest "next big thing" in its path... remember what was said of Yahoo 10 years ago?


hughesblack   April 22nd, 2010 4:34 pm ET

"dislike" is not implied. "I don't care" and "dislike" are two good reasons no to click on "like".


Angi   April 22nd, 2010 4:48 pm ET

Try having the man who molested you as a child who you would probably kill if you still lived in the same state friend request you. Or fear the wrath of someone you unfriended because you got sick of hearing about their dull life and you were never really friends with them in the first place. That one actually e-mailed my husband to ask him if I lost my mind and did he know his wife treated people that way. I had to completely delete my account my account to get away from her because unfriending her did not block her from sending me nasty e-mails. If you want to totally delete your account then google "how do I delete my facebook account" and follow the directions. It helps if you print it out because it's intricate. If you change your mind it gives you 2 weeks to undelete the account and save your info. For me I don't need to know when my friend from high school has a random thought and wants to share it. She can call me herself if it's so important.


JM   April 22nd, 2010 5:18 pm ET

The reason I would like a "dislike" button is for when a friend is having a bad day or had something bad happen, and they set it as their status. I can select "dislike," as in "I dislike that your dog died."


cmb   April 22nd, 2010 5:27 pm ET

Facebook used to be enjoyable before the MySpace crowd got involved. It was simply a way to keep in touch with friends from high school or to plan and stay updated on events on campus. If it had stayed that way, my guess is that the obnoxious fan pages wouldn't exist (so-and-so became a fan of "sometimes I just want to knock you the $%^& out"...classy), or at the very least, have proper grammar and spelling.


Nastydaddy   April 22nd, 2010 5:49 pm ET

Facebook seems to be headed down the road that myspace did with all the useless advertisements, so they can make money. If facebook is just going to put what they want on there and nottake advice from people that use it daily then people will find another site, it's that simple.


Nathan Sokalski   April 22nd, 2010 6:31 pm ET

I think the dislike button would be good, because it lets people compare how many of the number of people that used or read something liked or disliked it. If there is only a like button, it gives the implication that everybody liked it, even if there is a small number, because quite often the majority of the people that read or use something already knew they would like it. Although my preference for feedback is stuff like this where people can say why they liked or disliked something, sometimes you don't always even know whether you liked or disliked something more.


golddust   April 22nd, 2010 6:35 pm ET

I think they need to let users have the option of turning off this feature. I don't plan on liking anything myself, but if they are going to force this content on my I'd rather leave facebook all together. Really makes me wish I had a dislike button too!


Ashlei   April 22nd, 2010 6:43 pm ET

Not puushing the 'Like' button is not the same as saying you dislike whatever the item is. Maybe you like it but you're being lazy and dont want to 'like' it. Or maybe you just dont care. A dislike button would be appreciated because it would be used for when you truely don't like something.


Clayton   April 22nd, 2010 7:44 pm ET

I wish they'd add a dislike button... Even Youtube has a dislike button now! :(


New YouTube Sucks   April 22nd, 2010 7:57 pm ET

Don't even talk about YT's new interface.

And I don't need more crap distracting me on FB.

How much of a dick are you to dislike someone's post?

Had a bad day :( Dislike
Oh man, my football team won today! Dislike

No reason to give more trolls a reason to move to facebook.


Jules   April 22nd, 2010 8:43 pm ET

You can opt out. Go to Privacy Settings > Applications and Websites > Instant Personalization and uncheck Allow.


DallasMarine   April 22nd, 2010 8:46 pm ET

Exactly, don't give the Fox Opinion trolls more power.


Josh   April 22nd, 2010 9:25 pm ET

You don't always click "like" when you like something...so just because we don't push it doesn't mean we don't like it. Sometimes we are lazy and just view it. I think a "dislike" feature would definately help send flags for when someone or something doesn't belong. It works on sites that do have it to help spot people to ignore.


angela   April 22nd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

I am amazed at how emotional some of you are getting over face book-if you like it use it if you don't then don't-why in the hell would anybody care if someone else uses face book and you don't!!!???!!!! Man hilarious reading!


sandy   April 22nd, 2010 10:08 pm ET

I wish there was an opt out button that let you out of certain types of posted information that you don't care about without having to hide everything the person posts. I have relatives with nutty politics, but in order to avoid the political stuff I have to hide everything. I had to hide my sister-in-law, and I live in fear that she will post something I need to respond to.


juni   April 22nd, 2010 10:13 pm ET

i want to be able to comment on a comment


chris paul   April 22nd, 2010 11:03 pm ET

I think that the "dislike" feature is good to market those who don't like certain things. further more on the previous statment about people not clicking the "like" button automatically are those that dislike like it maybe these people that have no input on the subject and no other reason for it. The issue here is not people that don't click the "like" selection are automatically put into the disposition of not liking the topic. Those that agree or disagree are those that have no take on the subject at hand and therefor are not apart of the majority involved


Orange12   April 22nd, 2010 11:24 pm ET

It is really funny to read these comments. If love and want to use FB that is great! You should use it and love it. I personally tried it and didn't like it. I found out, no I don' t actually want to have contact with the people I lost touch with 20 years ago. I don't want people to find me and reconnect. I want them to stay away :-). I turned my account off. Hats off though to all you who use it. Not everyone who doesn't use it is a hater. (Was that a double negative?)


Richard   April 23rd, 2010 12:33 am ET

How about a STFU! button? No, I'm serious! I'm tired of getting inane updates from my friends!

So what you were stuck in traffic [STFU!]
Your cat won't eat the cheap food [STFU!]
You found a few hairs on your pillow? [STFU!]
And no, I don't care about your damn farm [STFU!]

I deleted my facebook account.

And now, I'll STFU!


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Marie   April 23rd, 2010 1:24 am ET

Facebook IS just a fad. Of course the facebook fans won't think so, myspace fans didn't think myspace would start to fade either but facebook will fade in time when something new comes along, just like myspace has and every other social network has. It was different when it was college students but the problem is all the kids started using it. It is now more of a gossip site for people who desire attention.

Facebook used to be about reconnecting but now its basically for gossip and high schoolers, and parents. Which isn't bad necessarily but its very boring place to be. I'm not saying anyone is stupid but those who like it must have a simple mind which can be a good thing since simple things can please you. I need something with more creativity and something that has a tiny bit more of privacy. I know no social network is going to be completely private but most are more private then facebook now, since facebook places your information everywhere now.

In conclusion, if I want to keep in contact with someone, I pick up the phone, or stop being lazy and go to their house.


salinger   April 23rd, 2010 1:56 am ET

fake-book is just that:FAKE


gooner   April 23rd, 2010 2:45 am ET

There needs to be a "yuck" or "eww" button as well!


Bola Thompson   April 23rd, 2010 4:34 am ET

Facebook is larger than itself. Note that there is hardly anything in life that has benefit without little disadvantage. Facebook may have its defect but I want us to see the numerous benefit loaded in it. For me it is a way of linking your world and it is good enough for now. Enjoy it if you like it and for those of you who has no like for it, please do not spoil it for us, you are free to live your life as it is. Thanks.


callie   April 23rd, 2010 5:35 am ET

just installed the add on, and it works on most of page but it doesn't work on 'home' page... so.. if you want to click the 'dislike' button, you have to go to it's page...


PO'd   April 23rd, 2010 6:22 am ET

facebook has a habit of just disabling peoples pages indiscriminately without cause and without reason and feels you aren't owed one either. It will be this very thing that dooms facebook. You want to network without this happening to you go to myspace where they appreciate the people on their sites!


Mon   April 23rd, 2010 7:18 am ET

I deactivated my FB account just yesterday. I think it's really getting out of hand with privacy violations that most "regular" people just don't understand about how their personal information is being used all over the internet. I had my privacy settings to not share at all... yet friends were telling me they saw my profile picture splashed all over CNN's website when they read a news story, I guess as an "ad" that I liked the content... I don't want my picture all over the internet! Especially when I've already configured my settings to be PRIVATE. I'll find other ways to be "social"... thanks anyway, but goodbye Facebook.


Mike   April 23rd, 2010 7:39 am ET

I have money that whoever said that is either going to be a complete fool or a 10 year old within two weeks.


Deb   April 23rd, 2010 8:00 am ET

I totally dropped Facebook. It was getting to be too much, so I'm not one of the 400 million subscribers. I now have a life and have time for the more important things.


FB fan   April 23rd, 2010 8:42 am ET

why anyone would need to keep in touch with people they have not seen for 15 years?

This is the most stupid thing ever.
They didn't like you back then. They can't stand you today. Move on


camtuber.com   April 23rd, 2010 8:56 am ET

As many have pointed out, Facebook sadly reflects todays reality where many human-to-human relationships have become "virtual". No longer do people actually meet and talk face to face but rather "tweet" or "like" – a significant step back in human evolution in my view...


Virginia   April 23rd, 2010 10:39 am ET

A 'dislike' button would be exploited by flamers, especially if it's all over the web. Humanity as a whole is too negative, a 'like' button is plenty.


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Rick   April 23rd, 2010 10:59 am ET

I am retired and like to think I have perfected the way to waste time. But even I can't find anything socially redeemable about Facebook, and I have it. Maybe it's because I have twits for friends but I find the input they have to be inane and silly. One of them spends all her time with a virtual farm and nowhere have I read anything that I would consider important or thought-provoking or valuable. People need to talk to each other, not type a note. There is no spontaneous, immediate interaction involved. The art of conversation has died.


John   April 23rd, 2010 11:22 am ET

What is facebook?


KeyLimePie   April 23rd, 2010 11:50 am ET

The Dislike button is a bad idea for at least three reasons:
1) It's negative. Who wants to post something and then have friends weigh in with "dislike"?
2) It's ambiguous. If I post "Obama is overzealous about regulating Wall Street" and a reader "dislikes" – does the reader agree or disagree?
3) It's unnecessary. Just type "dislike" in the comment field, which is funnier anyway.


nuthinsacred   April 23rd, 2010 12:10 pm ET

Hmmmmmmmmmmm?! A "censorship" button.......................I'll bet Big-Brother never thought of that one!!!!


aerialx   April 23rd, 2010 1:21 pm ET

A dislike button is built into browsers. It is the little box with an "x" in it.


ray miller   April 23rd, 2010 1:37 pm ET

you cant have up without down,dark without light,good without bad...but what the hell do i care the shareing of my personal info is causing me to shut facebook down, just as i diid with my- space...


CO77   April 23rd, 2010 2:46 pm ET

I have mixed feelings about the "dislike" button. On one hand I think its good to be able to express yourself on something whether you like it or not but on the other hand I can see the "dislike" resulting in maybe a FB fight or heated debate amongst more than one person that could cause breaks in friendships. I don't think Facebook intends on adding the dislike button and I don't blame them for not wanting to be associated with something negative. If you don't like something, move onto something else.


Dennis   April 23rd, 2010 3:29 pm ET

I think that the Dislike button would have more uses, for example a freind posts that they are not feeling well, you would click dislike to show that you dont like the fact that they are not feeling well.


Anna   April 23rd, 2010 3:55 pm ET

Eh I generally don't care about facebook. I'm only there for some of the games. I've made 3 different accounts on it, due to sheer boredom (as I did with myspace). I've made my original account, killed it, resurrected it, killed it, re-resurrected it, killed it, re-re-resurrected it, and now abandoned it until I "rediscover" it again.

All that out of sheer boredom.


rose   April 23rd, 2010 3:55 pm ET

I like that there is no option to "dislike" something on facebook. If you look at youtube and other relatively unfiltered comment-generating sites, the negative feedback is really intense, random, baseless and often hateful. In a world of bullies, why give people systemic opportunity to give negative feedback?


amy   April 23rd, 2010 5:41 pm ET

What I would like to see is a button that allows you to either open your status message to comments or keep it closed. There are things that sometimes I just want to share with my friends without being critiqued or judged for it, and I have this one friend who always wants to argue with me (especially if it's political)... and yet unfriending him is too harsh.


Roflcopter   April 23rd, 2010 6:18 pm ET

Lol at the 'go away'.. now THAT would come in handy. Or 'no one cares' .. or even 'stfu'.


Damien   April 24th, 2010 4:09 am ET

How can you say that everyone who didn't click "like" must therefore dislike it? What about those people who don't really care either way, or who never saw it to click in favour or against? There are WAY too many options to make such a simplistic suggestion. A "dislike" option is essential if "like" is really to have any validity – that way, you can click "like" if you feel strongly in favour, "dislike" if you are strongly against, and those who don't click either are the people who either didn't see it or don't really care. Much more useful and informative, not to mention more accurate.


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Zenship   April 25th, 2010 2:51 am ET

It's just another step in lowering the mentality of FB. Or should I say
...lowering the mentality on FB.


Us navy   April 25th, 2010 6:27 pm ET

Facebook is the best way to share pics and info with friends and family on the other side of the world


SquirrelBiscuit   April 25th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

I'm fine with just a "Like" button. But I really wish facebook would get off it's "we control the universe" pedestal and realize if they keep messing with privacy settings, people are going to leave. Most of us only like sharing information with just the friends we've added. Hello Zuckerberg!!! How much greedier are you going to get?!?! One more privacy change without a clear heads up and I'm gone.


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arparp   April 26th, 2010 6:47 pm ET

A small number of likes could just mean your friends haven't read or seen the item in question, not that they dislike it. Ultimately, the issue for me is that I don't consider my Facebook friends to be a good critical resource, as a whole. I would care much more about *who* liked or disliked a particular item, as I have friends with differing tastes.


it'z Own POinT   May 30th, 2010 3:53 am ET

Interesting...
iT has Quieted down, in light of Reality.
Reality is, if you connect, your "PriVacy", just Left.
if anyone ever Noticed, in the USA, it Left ALL Semblence of PriVacy Long Behind, With the "PaTriOT Act", Re-MOViNG the Last Fig Leaf!
Ya ARE what YOU VOTE!
And NO "REAL" "PatriOT", Voted for THAT.
FaceBook, is a GREAT Way, to Get What your Family & Friends, NEED to See! in Front of Them...
By-Passing the Lame stream Media.
Yes YOU!
Sold Out, Bought Out, Not "SerVing the People".
WaKe uP!
Or Get Out of The Way.
Buh Bye!
b.
*^D


it'z Own POinT   May 30th, 2010 4:37 am ET

Personally, "i", enJOY FaceBook, And Love Romping through the WiKi's,
Liking things to Draw attention to the Subject, and trying to leap from idea&concept, to execution&Results, Like it or NOT, a Little Validity to be had in ALL Human experience, if the Lessons are remembered, Sadly, often NOT, as Apparent, So Obviously in a Sick Society.
Helps Me to Check on My fellows Head Space, and See what Family&Friends ARE thinking about, for Better or Worse.
Hoping to See that equation CHANGE, with Better information, un filtered and REAL.
But We Will see...
MeanTime, if YOU want "PriVacy", VOTE for iT!
or Stop Whining about what you all ready let GO!
Or LiVe HONESTLY, Sharing what YOU feel.
MaY Be, SumpTin Will Change, if YOU help it be so.
b.
*^)


Arglebargle   July 9th, 2010 4:32 pm ET

[-LIKE-] [-DISLIKE-] [-STUPID-] [-D'OH-] [-STFU-]


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Angela   August 16th, 2010 1:57 pm ET

You're providing a link to a scam FB app, one that you outed in the link that brought me to this page. The don't like button doesn't exist!!


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sales strategy   October 19th, 2010 9:58 am ET

THX for sharing.


Tonya   November 3rd, 2010 11:08 pm ET

I use FB. I post funny & original status' because I entertain myself & sometimes others – you don't like them then you don't have to be my 'friend.'
Some of the other commenters have made snide remarks about 'wasting' time & 'losers' using FB, that's fine it's your opinion but EVERYONE wastes time in some way don't tell me you don't play video games, watch tv, or even stare at the wall, all of these things can be construed as time wasting by other people.
I find it infinitly amusing that those people who proport to not waste time on FB because other peoples musings on life are not important find they need to comment on a news page. why is your opinion on CNN better than my opinon on FB? Just think about it... who says your opinion is anymore important than someone elses?
I find everyones views & opinions enlightening in one way or another & if I find I don't like them or their views I 'unfriend' them, it's very simple.


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devin   January 18th, 2011 6:11 pm ET

there is a dislike button on facebook


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Michelle Hebert   December 13th, 2012 1:40 pm ET

BE HONEST people, unless you use Facebook to organize a 'fundraiser' or 'reunion', etc., its for people who have too much free time (no career), have few real friends (pretend Friends with people that simply click a button), people that want attention (cause they can't get it otherwise), and are obvious shallow (not very deep inside), & a loser


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