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Facebook is experimenting with a Sympathise button

Still no Dislike button though
Mon Dec 09 2013, 17:45

SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has revealed that it has recently done development work on a "Sympathise" button.

In deference to the regular requests from users wanting a "Dislike" or "Hate" button, instead a team at a recent hackathon decided to go a different way.

The Sympathise button will work as an alternative to the "Like" button where certain words or phrases are detected in a status update, or a negative Mood is set in the Feeling section. Friends will then be able to offer sympathy rather than click on Like and then type, "Well, I don't like it, but you know what I mean."

The desire among users for an alternative to the cheery Like catch-all button has led to a number of user suggestions, and even the odd virus scam, however this is the first time that Facebook has acknowledged the possibility.

Dan Mureillo, one of the software engineers who worked on this particular hackathon told the Huffington Post, "A lot of people were very excited. But we made a decision that it was not exactly the right time to launch that product. Yet."

The hackathon was some months ago, however the idea resurfaced recently following a "Compassion Research Day", which consisted of a number of think tanks and symposiums based around the concept of sympathy jointly hosted by Facebook, Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley.

While there is no telling whether the Sympathise button will ever see the light of day, if it does it will be in good company. Previous Facebook hackathons have yielded features such as Chat, Timelines, and even the Like button itself. µ


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