Share something good, or I’ll be “angry.” (K, cool bro.)
Facebook users can now hover over the “like” button and choose five extra options to express their thoughts, or emotions, of one’s Facebook status, or post. Facebook has definitely gone above and beyond to grant the wishes of their users. In the past, users wanted the addition of a “dislike” button. Although there’s still no “dislike” button, users now have the option to choose “like,” “love,” “haha,” “wow,” “sad” and “angry.” Seriously? Might as well add “hug,” “smooch,” “lol,” and fill in the blanks while we’re at it. Wait… that’s what commenting is for! The newly added “like” options for Facebook statuses are just outright ridiculous and pointless.
When did we become so lazy? Is it that hard to type out “Haha,” and submit it as an actual comment? I also don’t understand why anyone would leave a comment that merely says, “haha.” It’s meaningless. It’s great that a post made you laugh, but really, what’s the point of announcing that? What astounds me even more is the fact that the majority of the time people use “lol,” or “haha,” they’re not even laughing! (Am I right? Or am I right?) What happened to having meaningful conversations and leaving good, sound feedback on someone’s post?
Unfortunately, Facebook reminds me of Twitter. (Or, maybe Twitter reminds me of Facebook.) Facebook’s newsfeed used to be filled with people’s statuses and conversations between friends. Now, it looks a lot like a Twitter feed. It’s a clutter of shared posts (retweets) with “likes,” and little to no comments.
Remember the days when your friends actually commented on your wall (or Timeline*)? Maybe some of you reading this have never done that before, but back when Facebook was useful, people actually conversed through wall comments. Sadly, many users’ profiles, nowadays, look like this:
There is, however, that one day when you start to see other faces on your wall. Can you guess it?
Your birthday! The one day your friends will sacrifice a millisecond (or maybe a little longer) to type out “happy birthday.” If that becomes too much, maybe Facebook will also add a “happy birthday” button. So, instead of having to scroll through birthday posts on your Timeline, it’ll be one post (Facebook announcing your birthday) that looks like:
Users asked for options, and now we have one too many. Facebook was fine the way it was with the one “like” option. You might ask, “But what if I didn’t like the post?” The answer is simple. Don’t like it. Move on. It’s as simple as that.