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!

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