Facebook Inc (FB): Idea for a ‘sympathize’ button is well-received

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Sometimes when a Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) user faces adversity or is grieving, he or she usually posts a status looking for sympathy or words of encouragement. “Liking” that status may come off as inappropriate so Facebook is considering the idea of adding a “sympathize” button. The idea was suggested by a developer at a recent company hackathon, according to The Huffington Post. This would be a way of acknowledging the issue without “liking” it. People that were present at the hackathon event were very receptive to the idea.

The user posting the status would have to choose the option about how they are feeling from a drop down list. For example, if you are grieving, then you would select “depressed.” After that emotion is selected, the “like” button would be transformed into a “sympathize” button.

There are a lot of hoops involved in taking the idea from a hackathon and integrating it through the entire social network though. The idea could be dropped altogether or it may lead to something big. After all, the ideas for the Facebook Timeline and Facebook Chat came up at a hackathon and now it is rolled out to every single Facebook user.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Facebook Inc (FB): Idea for a ‘sympathize’ button is well-received Comments

  1. Sunday says:

    Looking at this throughly, I think its a wonderful idea. If “sympathize” button is used instead of “like” button to express a grieving emotion, it really reflects on the reality.

    Hopefully, after testing the effects, Facebook would actually include this idea from developed from the Hackathon to the entire social network for every user.

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