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Facebook Eying Sympathize Button

Dec 9 2013, 11:41am CST | by , in Rumors | Technology News

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Does Facebook need a button other than Like?

There are a lot of things in the online world that leave people unsure if they made the right decision. Sometimes that happens with Facebook and the "Like" button. We all have a person or ten on our Facebook profiles that are constantly having life crises whether its illness, troubles with the significant other, or general drama. Sometimes it's hard to be sure that liking a post is appropriate, especially if you don’t feel like leaving a comment.

Facebook is reportedly considering a new button that would take some of that drama out of whether or not to like a post. The button is a "Sympathize" button reports The Atlantic. I could see there being some usefulness to a sympathize button. I have a hard time believing that Facebook will roll one out though.

I think that for most of us a like is generic enough that the person you leave it for knows what you mean. A like on a bad post isn't saying that you like something bad that happened, but a sign that you heard what they are saying and support them.

The first grumblings of the sympathize button come out of the Facebook annual Compassion Research Day. This is the same place the Like button came from. I'd rather have a dislike button personally.

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