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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The "Like" Button


The “Like” button on Facebook…..yes its high time I talked about it. I use facebook  to stay connected with my family and friends . I have used the “Like” button often whenever I liked a photo a friend posted or read something that I truly liked or agreed with, but recently an incident on Facebook  left me shocked, speechless and highly irritated.

A friend’s father passes away and she remains absent from Facebook for some time. After a couple of weeks she comes back and sees so many messages on her Timeline left by friends inquiring where she had disappeared to. Instead of replying individually to each message she decides to explain her absence by posting a single message on her Timeline saying she had been absent because her dad had passed away.  What shocked her and me was that I was the only person to reply with a condolence message, 59 people had “Liked” her post !!!

It had me wondering…..do people actually read what they “like” or just “like” it for the heck of it ? I have had some people reminding me of how I had forgotten to “Like” something they had posted, while a few were actually upset and took me off their friend list because I hadn’t “Liked” !

“Like” was truly a beautiful word until Facebook ruined it. My request to fellow Facebookers – please…give a thought to what you’re “Liking” . Be sensitive to other people’s feelings.

15 comments:

  1. Ouch @ liking such a message..Thank god I'm not on facebook !

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  2. shows how insensitive people can be :(

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  3. @ Shubhankar - Its not about FB, its about people :)

    @ Jayshree - I feel mostly people think that if they don't like something it may offend the person posting hence the liking part.

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  4. You are right Vyas. Somehow this facebook culture is making people insensitive. Also they want to do a lot in short span of time and instead of replying they just like it. Other thing is give and take relation which exists on fb- if u like mine, i will like yours etc. Somewhere the social cognition is deteriorating with the popular culture of mass media.
    But on the positive side you are connected but i guess we should use fb and other social media in a sensible manner. Balance has to be maintained.

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  5. I think most people are too lazy to actually comment on an update and "liking" will just take a click of a mouse. But people seriously need to understand the context of their like(like in the case you mentioned) instead of simply clicking on the 'like'.

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  6. @ Kislaya Gopal - My views exactly :)

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  7. @ Prasanna Rao - I agree, most of the time sheer laziness drives people to click the like but I do wish they would read the messages before they click on the like tab :)

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  8. Yeah , You are right ,it's is annoying ."Like" is not actually liking the post ,its just way of saying I have read the message or I understand. It's actually like the little head motion in an ad that comes regularly these days to promote tourism in India.

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  9. @ Anupamreddy - I "like" that you like :P

    @ Ritesh - Yeah I've seen the ad :)

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  10. 'Like' has become such a popular icon these days tat it's used sooo frquently! :)

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  11. I totally agree with your views in the post. It has almost become customary for the facebook community to click a "like" without actually reading the message. Also, I feel some times, if one is posting too much stuff,friends just click on "like " button to please the person posting it. But, just as facebook is a virtual world, these friends are also virtual friends. It is like some one is talking too much and you are saying "hoon", "hoon" without listening.

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  12. @ Fundoos - True :)Thanks for the visit, great to have you here !

    @ Ratna - Yeah at times its just to please people. I loved the posts on your blog, keep writing :)

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