Ok, how many times have you asked yourself when the heck Facebook would finally let us dislike stuff?
I have done that a lot more lately since it was about to turn into the new Myspace with all the fake accounts and stupid stuff… although they handled the faking, it is pretty awesome to know Facebook will be soon letting us express our feelings using emoticons of almost all kinds…
“It’s not all sad stuff, but that’s what’s compelling” as the author for Fast Company announced.
The presets will not only be for dark moments… the list includes feelings like “great, wonderful, special, and loved”–the Facebook-standard Hallmarkian feelings. But it also includes some really dark stuff, like “ashamed,” “alone,” “guilty,” “angry,” and “lost.”
Facebook designers said:
“If you look at the data, most of the sharing on Facebook is positive. There’s not much negative sharing,” Facebook engineer Roddy Lindsay confirms to me. “One of the interesting things about this product is, when we tested it, we looked at the different emotions people were sharing. And it actually reflected a broader range of emotions.”
In other words they finally discovered people would use Facebook a lot more if they had an option to dislike stuff…
more like in real life, because things can not be all “pink”, as they kinda were on Facebook. Up until this feature Facebook was like a fake social world were everybody pretended to be happy and liked everything.
Now it will be more humanized and definitely more interesting… and people will be more realistic.
“That’s how people use emoticons in the first place. When you talk to someone in real life, you can see their face and have their entire context as to what they mean,” product designer Ryan Case says. “Obviously when you bring it online, you lose some of that context. Part of the appeal of these visual indicators is that they add this layer of context that wasn’t available before.”
This feature is exactly what Facebook needed to make the social sphere more like the real world. The only bad thing is some people might never log out LOL.
Images source: Fast Company