It’s been discussed since the dawn of time itself (give or take); the possibility of a Dislike button on Facebook for those occasions when “Liking” something simply isn’t appropriate.
Alas, one of the chaps behind the Like button says the likelihood (pun intended) of a Dislike button is not, er, likely. DISLIKE.
That’s the story over on TechRadar, with exclusive speech bubbles from the mouth of ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor.
According to Bret, the potential Dislike button is something that has been discussed at great length, but the feeling within the Facebook camp is that there are too many negative connotations.
See, the Like button was specifically rolled out as an alternative to one-word comments like “Cool”, “Wow”, “Excellent”… where the user didn’t have much to say, but wished to express being thoroughly impressed.
The same can’t really be said of the Facebook Dislike button, which could potentially be used by cyber bullies to put a downer on otherwise-positive comments. Why, for example, would you want to Dislike someone passing their driving test, or getting engaged.
Conversely, Facebook’s Like button is largely inoffensive; even on a negative post (a girl I know recently buried her rabbit, for example), it almost suggests friendly support.
But yeah, that Dislike button could be horrible in the wrong hands, and there are a lot of morons out there, so… no. No Facebook Dislike button for you, internet.