Facebook 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