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Facebook Dislike: 10 Things Not To Like Right Away

Facebook is getting a dislike button. What should you use it on?

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Facebook is finally caving into demand and creating a dislike button.

It seems like a minor deal. Some social media and content aggregator sites have had a thumbs down for a long time. But it is a big change for Facebook, and it promises to change the attitude and atmosphere at the company.

People most assuredly will use it to make political statements and probably to support their friends by disliking bad news. But let's face it. It is one more way to skip having to say a word to your friends. Your friend posts that they just broke up with their boyfriend or they have a terrible illness and all you can manage is pushing the dislike button? You can't whip up an insincere, "I'm sorry"?

So I got to thinking about how the dislike button should be used. What should you dislike first? I mean besides world hunger. I've got some thoughts:

The First 10 Things to Dislike

1. Mondays. That's what the dislike button is for, right?

2. This.

3. Mark Zuckerberg. I like Zuck, but what better way to protest the dislike button than using it against him? Dislike his page. Dislike all his comments. Dislike everything but his child. No child deserves that.

4. Lunch selfies. Anyone who hasn't gotten over this by now deserves a dislike.

(Image: Melissa via Flickr)

(Image: Melissa via Flickr)

5. Tom Brady. Everyone outside of Boston understands this.

6. Obscure privacy settings. I know you won't be able to. But a person can dream.

7. Hipster beards. Enough said.

(Image: Snapwire Snaps via Pixabay)

(Image: Snapwire Snaps via Pixabay)

8. Fan fiction.

9. This. I mean, this is scary.

(Image: Dane Boe via YouTube)

(Image: Dane Boe via YouTube)

10. The inevitable "Get Rid of the Dislike" memes. You know what is worse than the dislike button? People who can't accept change and just roll with it. Learn to use it nicely. Every time Facebook changes something there has to be a protest. Just dislike it and move on.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio
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10/1/2015 | 12:30:06 PM
Re: Dusting Off My Account with the Zuckster in Mind
I'd agree a Dislike button could easily do more harm than good among teenagers. Cyberbullying is enough an issue as is among that crowd. The ability to 'dislike' something with one click can make it even easier for them to cause harm without consequence.
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Kelly22,
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10/1/2015 | 12:25:54 PM
Re: Irony
@yalanand ha! the IDGAF button, coming right up after the "meh" button on my Facebook wish list
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Kelly22,
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9/28/2015 | 10:04:21 AM
Re: Dusting Off My Account with the Zuckster in Mind
A "meh" button would be perfect. Considering most of the fluff that pops up on my newsfeed, I'd use that more than like and dislike combined!
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Ariella,
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9/23/2015 | 8:56:30 PM
Re: Irony
<And those motivational pictures too! You know the ones with a stock image on which few motivational lines are written? Those need to be done away with.>sachinEE YES! It can drive even non-cynical people to mock that attitude and want to buy something from Despair.com 
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Ariella,
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9/21/2015 | 11:02:05 AM
Re: Irony
I'd be inclined to use it for anything demanding that I like and share. I actually cease following people who post that kind of thing too often, particularly when it is political and giving a stacked deck picture of things,
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