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8 More Facebook Buttons We Want

A Facebook engineer developed a Sympathize button for the times when Like just doesn't work. But why stop there? The TMI button seems long overdue.

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Maybe your Facebook friend's dog passed away, or maybe your friend was just laid off. In situations like these, the Like button isn't appropriate, but you still want to show your support without taking time to write a compassionate comment. So what do you do?

One Facebook engineer thinks he has a solution to this problem: a Sympathize button. According to Dan Muriello, a Facebook engineer who didn't develop the button, if someone selected a negative emotion like "sad" or "depressed" from Facebook's list of emotion tags, Facebook would replace the Like button with a Sympathize button.

The idea, developed during a Facebook hackathon, was well received by Facebook employees, but Muriello said at a Facebook event on Thursday that the social network has no plans to roll it out to the masses. Most recently, it launched an Unfollow button, which removes a user's posts from your News Feed without forcing you to Unfriend the user.

[Social media can be a marketer's best friend or worst enemy. Read more: 10 Worst Social Media Meltdowns Of 2013.]

The Sympathize button may not be ready for prime time, but that hasn't stopped Facebook users from voicing their opinions on other buttons they want. I polled my social media friends and followers. Here's a look at their most popular -- and entertaining -- requests.

1. TMI: Applicable when posts reach a five or higher on the grossness scale, especially in areas such as stomach flu or romantic escapades.

2. Dislike: Appropriate for the time your friend was late for work because he was rear ended in traffic and other small-scale bummers. With all its applications, why hasn't the social network rolled it out? It's a nightmare for marketers. Just imagine how many Dislikes Barilla's antigay and sexist remarks would have received.

3. I Don't Care: Your friend had oatmeal for breakfast. Your friend is going to the movies tonight. Your friend just took a nap. Do you care? No.

4. Agree/Disagree: Appropriate for election season, when political rants are abundant, and for weighing in on controversial issues such as marijuana legalization and whether your friend should, in fact, go blonde.

5. Eye Roll: Your svelte friend posts a bikini selfie proclaiming she's having a fat day. Another one is having a tough time deciding between Tahiti and Fiji for his fifth exotic vacation this year. Life's tough. Cue the eye roll.

6. I'll Google That For You: "Does anyone know what time the mall closes?" "Can anyone tell me at what temperature to roast a chicken?" Because in the time it took to type the question, you could have Googled it yourself.

7. TIWIUY (This Is Why I'm Unfriending You): Was your friend's post on signs of genius in her toddler the last straw? Let her know definitively that's why you've said goodbye.

8. Drunk: Your friend posted 17 blurry pictures at 2:21 a.m. on what you believe might be a mechanical bull. Was he drunk? You decide.

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User Rank: Strategist
12/18/2013 | 10:12:38 PM
Re: Not going to happen
Actually that's not a bad idea when you stop and think about it. They would get feedback much faster on ideas and ads than they normally get and wouldn't end up wasting so much money on ones that people don't like. 
User Rank: Strategist
12/10/2013 | 5:42:15 PM
Button number 9
Wish there was a spell check button.

User Rank: Apprentice
12/10/2013 | 5:02:58 PM
Re: One more favorite
A CAN'T YOU RECGONIZE SATIRE?!? button would come in handy for those people who link to The Onion and Andy Borowitz, thinking the stories are actual news. I swear that I set friends straight on this at least once a month.
User Rank: Author
12/10/2013 | 3:44:00 PM
Re: Maybe there needs to be a ....
I need both 6 & 7. The only thing is what I need 6 for is sometimes asked over the phone. I once had someone call and ask me if there are any nuts in nutmeg. But I also have seen posts asking what to tip during the holidays, and there are plenty of guidelines to be found online.  And I can use. TIWIUY (This Is Why I'm Unfriending You): for things like being put in groups by  people who don't ask me first, despite my having said over and over again that I will unfriend anyone who does that.
User Rank: Apprentice
12/10/2013 | 1:51:27 PM
Maybe there needs to be a ....
Get off Facebook button and stop posting every life event. That would work for TMI , a shrug, and really any post.  People are just spending way too much time on Facebook!
User Rank: Author
12/10/2013 | 1:33:58 PM
Sympathize Button, Meet Grumpy
How about the "get off my lawn" button for when we are feeling old and grumpy and those lil whippersnappers are complaining about their 10th high school reunions?
Heather Vallis
Heather Vallis,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/10/2013 | 12:10:51 PM
Look at me!
I vote for the Narcissist button for those people whose primary activity on FB is posting selfies (typically doctored with a filter).  Drives. Me. Crazy.
User Rank: Author
12/10/2013 | 11:03:49 AM
Forgive button
It's interesting how easily Facebook posts elicit the snarkier side of humanity.  Maybe we simply need a forgive button, that would let us to practice forgiveness instead of scorn whenever someone decides to post something truly stupid, thoughtless, or selfish. (Uh-oh. I can feel the scorn coming.)
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Author
12/10/2013 | 10:17:52 AM
The Shrug button says, "I could barely work up the energy to click this button, your post is so boring"
Shane M. O'Neill
Shane M. O'Neill,
User Rank: Author
12/10/2013 | 9:08:06 AM
I vote for a "Humble Bragger" button for people who engage in that exquisitely passive-aggressive form of bragging. For instance, someone who posts a picture of his view of a basketball game from the third row and writes, "Boy, did I luck out getting these tix. Can't believe it!" I prefer they just gloat about it ("Woo hoo. Third row baby!") -- it's more honest.
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