Facebook Considering ‘Sympathise’ Button

I guess we’ve all had to ‘like’ someone’s saddening post on Facebook at some point, just to offer a bit of support. Though when someone delivers bad news to their online brethren ‘liking’ the post seems a little incongruous, wouldn’t you agree?

An idea that’s floating around the intertubes is that something akin to a ‘sympathise’ option could be implemented to make ‘liking’ something that’s bad a thing of the past. It was first thought up during a Facebook hackathon, but there are no plans to use it on the live site just yet.

“A lot of people were very excited. But we made a decision that it was not exactly the right time to launch that product. Yet,” Facebook engineer Dan Muriello told the Huffington Post.

This is definitely a good idea. Let’s hope it gets rolled out at some point.

Matt Gammond