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The Like Button

This is something that I’ve been thinking about for the past few months and I finally have enough of a thought about to put words to screen. Today, I would like to discuss with you, the fine donburnside.com readership, the **like** button.

This is something that I’ve been thinking about for the past few months and I finally have enough of a thought about to put words to screen. Today, I would like to discuss with you, the fine donburnside.com readership, the **like** button.

The Like Button is what I’m going to call the process in which, at certain sites, you mark something in such a way to signify the fact that you appreciate it. The favorite star on Flickr, the pink heart on Tumblr, or the star on Twitter. Clicking that device tells the author that you liked it while at the same time acts as a bookmark for you, within that site, for the stuff that you really like. And that’s exactly how I use it. I **like** things because I think they are cool and I want to be able to go back to them at a later time for whatever reason.

Did you notice that I did not include the Facebook like function in the above paragraph? It’s because I think that feature is broken.

On Facebook, clicking like only lets the author of the post know that you like it and automatically subscribes you to updates on that post (if you have those settings enabled). That’s too bad.

There are posts all the time on Facebook that I wish I could revisit for many reasons. Funny posts, cool links or videos. But when I click the like button, the only thing that happens is I get bothered with updates and comments that I’m usually not interested in.

I don’t have a solution for this but really wish I did. I would be nice to have an archive of **likes** on Facebook, just like the other sites.

Maybe someday.

Does this feature exist? Do you have a good system? Let us know below! Comments are back open, go nuts!

2 replies on “The Like Button”

Good thought well expressed Don!

Regarding the Facebook “like” button specifically, I use it the “wrong” way that you described above. Most forums, Digg, Twitter, and even website/blogs (including WRR and MF) have a “subscribe” option to postings and comment threads.

However, there is no “subscribe to this thread/discussion” option in Facebook, and this is how I use the “like” button. It works- poorly, but better than nothing.

Sure this means I’ll be alerted to a bunch of nonsense comments I don’t care about, but it’s the closest thing Facebook has that I want.

I do also use it to play along with the “me too”/thumps up game as well, but that’s kind of a given.

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Thanks for stopping by Sherwin!

Using the Like to subscribe is pretty clever. I do use it that way on occassion as well.

But it would be keen if I could save those Likes somehow.

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