Facebook is considering rolling out a ‘sympathise’ option as an alternative to ‘like’.
The option to ‘sympathise’ with a post on the social networking site would become
available if a user had used a negative emotion in their status update, and could remove the incongruity of ‘liking’ news of a tragic event.
The ‘sympathise’ button was developed at a previous Facebook hackathon but resurfaced at a separate ‘compassion research day’ web event last week. However, there are no firm plans to introduce it on the live site.
‘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,’ Facebook engineer Dan Muriello was quoted by the Huffington Post as saying.
‘It would be, “five people sympathise with this”, instead of “five people like this”.’