The “Like” button has become an iconic symbol of content sharing on social networks. It is the virtual expression of approval and agreement. A way to pass along a piece of content – be it photo, application, article or blog post – to our friends, family and co-workers.
But there are challenges with the “Like” button. There’s no avoiding the obvious – it’s wishy-washy. Liking something is about as vanilla as it gets. It’s like calling somebody “nice,” which is about as vague and devoid of details as any word in the English language.
That’s “Like” in a nutshell. Do you really want to eat in a restaurant people “like?” Or read a book that gets a lot of “likes?” What does “liking” something really mean? Don’t we want to use online and social media communications to be specific?
The solution is clear.
We need more buttons.
Here are some necessary additions:
Why: Well, obviously for things you don’t like, but dislike
Examples of Usage: When your younger brother reminds you that it’s your 30th, 40th, 50th or 60th birthday; When someone points out that you misspelled a word or used improper grammar.
Why: When dislike just won’t do.
Examples of Usage: To provide polite discord to any political discussion; to show your disdain for celebrities; to rally your friends to a gang fight.
Why: When you just can’t take… one… more… word.
Examples of Usage: When your aunt posts photographs of her recent colonoscopy; when your co-worker begins posting long descriptions of his vacation to Paris; anyone who posts wine reviews; anyone using Spotify.
Why: Some kinds of content kinda want to make you puke…
Examples of Usage: When your buddy posts of a photograph of the weeks-past-expiration-date carton of milk that he accidentally drank; when your girlfriend changes her profile picture to one of her and her new boyfriend kissing; when your cousin starts discussing in detail what she found in Junior’s diaper.
YOU WORE THAT?
Why: Have you seen your father-in-law’s wardrobe?
Examples of Usage: After anyone posts a photograph of themselves in a Hawaiian shirt, a bridesmaid gown, fedora, skinny jeans, or in a scoop neck blouse that, well, reveals a bit too much; after your overweight brother-in-law posts a video of his trip to the pebble beaches of Nice – wearing a Speedo.
Why: Because we don’t have privacy anymore and we should…
Examples of Usage: When you need to tell the creepy guy from accounting to stop trolling your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles; when friends check into massage parlors.
Why: When a like just doesn’t have that rebel yell quality.
Examples of Usage: When your boyfriend finally pops the question; when you get that promotion you’ve been dreaming of; when your sports team wins the big game.
Please feel free to share you own suggestions in the comments!