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Facebook Might Add a “Sympathize” Button (So You Don’t Have to “Like” When Someone Dies)

rs_560x238-131209135214-facebook-like-buttonFacebook might add a “Sympathize” button, an alternative to the “Like” button.

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?

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  1. Yemie

     /  December 10, 2013

    The idea’s genius and makes a whole world of sense. These guys never sit still, they’re forever evolving. Nice one.

  2. Michael

     /  December 10, 2013

    I’m here thinking of ways SARTians can put the button to good use. Hehehe >=)


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