Employee Dan Muriello says, “It would be, ‘Five people sympathize with this,’ instead of ‘Five people ‘like’ this.’…But we made a decision that it was not exactly the right time to launch that product. Yet.”
The “Sympathize” button came out of Facebook’s recent Hackathon, an event where staffers brainstorm new ideas for the site. The button would replace the “Like” button when someone selected a negative emotion (like “sad” or “depressed”) from a preset list of emotions.
Here are a few occasions where the “Sympathize” button may be appropriate:
When someone posts about a death in the family
When someone posts about being fired
When someone posts about a breakup
When someone gets in a car accident
When someone gets robbed
When someone posts about having a bad day, Etc.
Seems like a fine enough idea, right? What do you think?