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Facebook Dislike Button Soon To Come

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Facebook Dislike Button Soon To Come

If you’ve been irritated, or even annoyed, about the unavailability of a Facebook Dislike button for some time, the wait is finally over. The company’s co-co-founder Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the eventual arrival of this feature during a question-and-answer session in September 2015. Since the introduction of the Like button, back in 2009, it’s not only become a way of communicating, but certainly a way to measure engagement.

It’s going to be tricky to see how the social network will design and roll out the so-called Dislike button. The Like button was a runaway success — on a daily average, it generates over 50 million Likes. In addition, one in every five websites uses Facebook’s feature, and thousands of marketers and advertisers utilize this to measure audience metrics. Here’s some more info about it.

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    How Will Facebook develop the Dislike Button?

    As of now, there is no definitive date as to when this new Facebook button goes live. With that being said, Zuckerberg did hint to some degree how it would function. He asserted that the purpose of the button is not to turn the Facebook platform into a forum where people vote up or down people’s posts. In other words, Facebook is going to come up with a way that can effectively express empathy without jeopardizing the user experience and avoid an uproar.

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    With 280 million friend requests sent daily on the social channel, over four billion videos watched, 350 million photos uploaded daily along with 150 billion “moments,” changes once again will come. This also means that for the various industries (telecom, retail, business, finance, etc.) who have an e-commerce website, a plugin, or an application program interface (API), or just any other integration into Facebook, they will have to update and make a handful of tweaks once the button is released.

    Pros and Cons of the Dislike Button

    The availability of a button that offers sympathy or a dislike for a certain post is not unprecedented. Other existing social networks, like YouTube and Reddit, still have the traditional buttons to comment, share, and like or dislike a post. It is a bold move that shows Facebook’s interest in retaining their user base and competing with Google’s video streaming service.

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    Since the news was made, there have been scam posts on news feeds claiming to have gotten an early and all-exclusive installation of the Dislike button. Word to the wise: do not follow or open these posts. The claims are bogus and lead to intrusive surveys looking to get sensitive information, according to Hackread.com reports. When an official announcement is made, plenty of websites, experts, and news agencies will alert users on how to go about getting the button, so do not fall for a classic trap.

    The implementation of this feature with Facebook will further make interactions more meaningful and bring greater connectivity between users. What may be a hurdle for a large majority of the community is that they will have to, yet again, update current settings to facilitate this brand new incorporation onto an extensive existing list of plugins for Facebook.

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    The Takeaways

    Since the initial public offering, Facebook has become a profitable company and shaped up to be a clear front-runner in the social media race. The last thing the company needs is a controversy on the day of launch or users finding something seriously dysfunctional. They have to be mindful of past mistakes with regards to privacy settings and be able to mitigate any potential bad press.

    The social giant did delay the Dislike button for some time. How this new functionality works will no doubt have to be intuitive, not to mention relevant, to Facebook users.

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    Featured photo credit: Sean MacEntee via Flickr via flickr.com

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    10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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    10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

    We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

    A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

    So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

    • honest
    • reliable
    • competent
    • kind and compassionate
    • capable of taking the blame
    • able to persevere
    • modest and humble
    • pacific and can control anger.

    The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

    1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

    All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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    But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

    2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

    How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

    I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

    “The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

    Abigail Van Buren

    3. How does this person take the blame?

    Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

    4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

    You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

    5. Read their emails.

    Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

    • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
    • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
    • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
    • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
    • Too many question marks can show anger
    • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

    6. Watch out for the show offs.

    Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

    7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

    A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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    Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

    8. Their empathy score is high.

    Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

    People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

    9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

    We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

    “One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

    Stendhal

     10. Avoid toxic people.

    These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

    • Envy or jealousy
    • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
    • Complaining about their own lack of success
    • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
    • Obsession with themselves and their problems

    Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

    Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

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