Follow

Why I don't like 'like' or 'favorite' buttons… [mini-rant-listicle]

1. It adds easily machine-readable detail to your social graph

2. It's a lazy way to indicate approval; if you really like it respond with kudos or expand on the idea

3. It is extremely low resolution messaging; what does 'like' really signify?

3.a Are you supposed to 'like' a post about someone going through a bad patch; does that indicate support?

3.b While there are infinite shades of feelings, 'like' is black and white

@jackwilliambell yeah, I suspect that the "your reaction fits within this 5 icon ontology" is part of why social media interactions are like they are (and why I never bothered to implement reactions for Flutterby).

@danlyke One of the nice things about Mastodon is I can hide some stuff (including my 'favorites') from third parties. So, if I wanted to use the 'favorite' button to mark things I want to look at again later (an actual use case), I can.

Yet I still tend not to use the 'favorites' feature. Habit?

In any case, hashtags have the potential for providing a higher resolution 'reaction' system, assuming we have a shared folksonomy for the reaction tags.

Also, there's an existing system of emojis!

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Rusted Neuron – an Intentional Community

Rusted Neuron is an invitation-only 'Intentional Community'. It is not intended to represent a specific focus, although the people you find here are generally intelligent, creative, and witty. Content and conduct rules are set by the community, not by fiat. The one thing we will not tolerate here is intolerance; you can agree to disagree, but you must treat others with respect.

Currently the membership limit is 100 people and there are plenty of slots available. The goal is to try to replicate real-world community interaction and norms enforcement online. Keeping it small is intended to create a village atmosphere by staying well under Dunbar's Number.