It was bound to happen: after years of being able to only “like” things on Facebook…a dislike button is coming. At a Q&A session today, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the option to thumbs-down a post is currently being tested.
Mark has long been against the dislike option, saying “That doesn’t seem like the kind of community that we want to create: You don’t want to go through the process of sharing some moment that was important to you in your day and have someone ‘down vote’ it.” But, he and the company realized that users weren’t asking to actually dislike things, but rather share other feelings. “What they really want is the ability to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment,” he said.
Okay… fine, the button isn’t supposed to be for hating on your friends’ good news, but rather an option to commiserate when someone is sharing less-than-great news. So no dislikes on the gym selfies that girl you went to summer camp with one year keeps posting (she’s working hard, let her be proud of her accomplishments!), but if someone’s updating with news about the bad day they had, feel free to share their pain.
In other Facebook news, they’re also testing read receipts for events. You can already see when a friend has read your Facebook message, but there might soon be the option to see who has opened your event invite. Just to make it even more frustrating when half the people you invited to your party haven’t RSVP’d. And make it harder for those of us with hermit tendencies to lie and say, “OMG, I totally missed the notification.”