I see it differently than David Martin below on Forbes .
Maybe, the simplest Big Thing Facebook could do to keep it fun is to add a “Don’t Like” button.
I mean really, what teen in their right mind wants go on “Liking” everything they see ?
If FB (or whatever service will replace them) wants to quickly improve the experience and keep more users engaged, add a larger panoply of flaglink buttons. ” Love ” , ” Noted “, “Scary ” , “Important “, “Agree “, “Disagree” are some practical possibilities .
I personally dislike the “Like” button because my social circles include disaster response photos and info. Always feels awkward flagging a destroyed town, or missing child, with a “Like”.
“Like” becomes the new “Nice”. Major compliment at first, then platitude.
If we want to get fancy, have customizable flaglinks. If you need to keep fancy simple for large users, give them the option to display maybe three options – Like, Dislike, Noted – and all customizeds group under these.
Yes, I’ll admit it – I do love emoticons.
Let’s get real on the programming here – how hard could it be ? All flaglinks could essentially work in a similar way, which is allow the option of a mini-comment/link to something without an actual comment. The only different element is the text or character label of that flag-link.
Would love finding a clump of varied flag-links from my friends at the top of interesting posts. Could limit the character spaces, so that field doesn’t get outta control.
What say you?
One Simple Rule: Why Teens Are Fleeing Facebook
It was reported earlier this week that for a second month in a row Facebook is losing users in the U.S., Britain and Canada. The news has investors, advertisers and media companies all scratching their heads simply because it’s so unusual . . . .
That said, there is one simple rule that we all need to remember as Facebook navigates beyond the plateau in growth in the U.S.: Kids don’t want to be friends with their parents. It’s a sad thought certainly, and it looks worse in print than in reality. Many kids have great, honest, trusting relationships with their parents. But when it comes to your personal social graph, at some point during the teen years you realize that you need your space—and Facebook is taking that space away from American kids by serving up access to their thoughts, comments, photos and friends . . . to their parents. “