Facebook contemplating ‘Sympathise’ button

Facebook contemplating ‘Sympathise’ buttonFacebook is constantly looking for ways to improve its service, from throwing posts into a seemingly random order under News Feed, to controversially forcing everyone to adopt the arguably cluttered Timeline layout.

One feature that hasn't yet made the grade – but is being considered, apparently – is a “Sympathise” button, for those occasions when “Liking” something is wildly inappropriate, such as: “Just drove into a bunch of pedestrians and I’m pretty sure they’re all dead :-$”. SYMPATHISE.

Incredibly, the move was discussed during – get this – a “compassion research day”, where users and researchers alike were invited to “improve [Facebook's] understanding of the driving forces and benefits of compassion". If only I had a heart, as the Tin Man said.

And this coming from the social network that decided to allow a series of horrifying decapitation videos to be reinstated. SYMPATHISE.

Anyway, at this... “compassion research day”, an audience member asked about the possibility of a companion button for good old “Like”.

Facebook software engineer Dan Muriello revealed that it was considered “a while back”, with certain statuses – depending on the category chosen by the user – inviting “Sympathy” from friends rather than “Likes”. Good gawd.

“A lot of people were very excited,” explains Dan. "But we made a decision that it was not exactly the right time to launch that product. Yet.”

Feeling really low and need some cyber attention? SYMPATHY: coming soon.

via: BBC News

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 10, 2013 at 19:35

High time, too... I love those tweets cross-posted from FB: "POWs horrifically tortured. Very Graphic. #nsfw - LIKE?" - bit insensitive. But then again: also a good reason to block the person...

B1zarr0Prim3  Dec. 11, 2013 at 09:20

Alternative would be to get rid of the 'like' button so people would have to respond with actual words.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 11, 2013 at 11:58

+1 (hahaha great idea)

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