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Speaking at Facebook's annual Compassion Research Day, engineer Dan Muriello admitted that the social media giant has, in the past, given serious consideration to adding additional buttons to expand user options beyond simply "liking" a post.
For example, a "sympathize" button has been suggested and discussed at previous hackathons held by the company, and the reason is obvious.
It's not uncommon to see a status with bad or untimely news, and often the "like" button is just our way of saying "we saw this and want you to know that" rather than saying "we LIKE that a storm flooded your basement this weekend."
While a sympathize button isn't a bad start, there are a few other options we think could add an appropraite level of honesty to our news feeds. Here are a few we'd be eager to use:
1.) "Eye Roll"
Oh wow, your 6-year-old has been placed in the blue reading group and you think it's time to consider skipping them ahead a grade? Is this the same 6-year-old that once got a piece of broccoli stuck up his nose? Yeah, you're probably safe.
Listen we're sorry you have the flu, but nobody needs a play-by-play of the multi-colored phlegm leaking out of your body. Too much information, Sarah.
YOU GOT TO MEET (RYAN GOSLING/BENDICT CUMBERBATCH/ONE DIRECTION/ETC.)??? I CAN'T BELIEVE IT OMG OMG OMG.
4.) "Peeing with Laughter"
Because sometimes your friends are a lot funnier than you remember.
The struggle is real. WHY WOULD YOU SHARE THAT ON FACEBOOK? Second-hand embarrassment is sort of a main course on the Facebook menu. Think before you post, people.
Listen, we all know what you're up to when you post vague, leading statuses in an attempt to intice one of your friends to ask you what's wrong. Well guess what, IT WON'T BE US.
7.) Not Shocked
It's a wee bit difficult to act surprised when it turns out the guy you were seeing with tribal tattoos, three prepaid cell phones and a staggering collection of Ed Hardy t-shirts is not your future husband. Color us: not shocked.
Sometimes things are fabulous and must be labeled accordingly.
When a "like" just doesn't cut it.
Seriously though, where is the dislike button? It seems the obvious counter to a "like," and a pretty simple solution to all those unlikeable, but important, moments in your feed. Oh well, for now we'll have to be content using the "like" and hoping that our cousin doesn't think we're actually happy he developed a gluten-intolerance. That's life.