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Should Facebook add a 'dislike' button?

There are a lot of things to dislike on Facebook: status updates about weird online games and those that parrot the already-discredited lies of politicians, to name two. So the ability to vote against this content by clicking a "Dislike" button must be mighty appealing -- or so you'd have to conclude from the popularity of the latest "Dislike" button scam. Read Rob Pegoraro's full blog post.

By Jodi Westrick  |  August 17, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I don't get why a dislike button is so necessary. If you dislike something, why not ignore it, and if it has gotten THAT far under your skin, why not make a comment or send an email about it? Personally, I don't want to see a bunch of "dislikes" coming up about something I've posted-- it's like a rejection that you often wouldn't be able to tie to anything definite. I go on facebook to have fun and communicate with friends-- if I want to see the "thumbs downs" reaction of every sophomoric little wiener on a thread who would get off on clicking the "dislike" just because he could do so with the impunity of his keyboard and a vast void of cyberspace between himself and those whom he chose to elbow in this way, I'd tell my wife to seduce the neighbor and then go on Jerry Springer. No thanks-- keep your opinions to yourself unless they're important enough for you to articulate them to me.

Posted by: Dmerrin10000 | August 17, 2010 12:52 PM

I just had this discussion with some of my friends this past weekend. I think it's necessary. On one hand the ads are collecting information about users, so a dislike button could be useful there. Also, if someone posts something bad that happened to them, it might be appropriate to dislike the comment.

On the other hand, the information and ads on Facebook are so targeted to its users that perhaps Facebook doesn't want to admit that someone might dislike something...

Posted by: jg90014 | August 17, 2010 3:16 PM

One person I know "became a fan" Glenn Beck.

If that doesn't deserve the dislike button, I don't know what does.

Posted by: kenk3 | August 17, 2010 3:22 PM

wouldn't it be great if we could all get together and vow never to use facebook again. we'd put the greedy SOBs out of business.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | August 17, 2010 3:48 PM

I like the idea, but dislike the fact that the Post has a poll for it.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | August 17, 2010 4:17 PM

Liking something isn't the real point of the Like Button. Rather it attaches your profile to the thread so you can easily follow who is commenting on it or attaching their profiles to it. So a Dislike feature is unnecessary, but you could have a different solution for those who truly like or dislike something.

Posted by: piotrorloff | August 17, 2010 4:31 PM

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