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Do You Like Me? Or Do You Like Me-Like Me?

November 28, 2010

Clicking “Like” on a blog or facebook post is one thing. Actually taking the time to stop and read what someone is saying is a completely different story.

It might seem simple but a single click doesn’t in my book count as an interaction. It counts more along the lines of a digital guest book. When you click the “Like Button” what you’re really conveying is that you want everyone else in your network to know that you were there. You’re broadcasting the message that you saw whatever content is up for consumption.

Next time you feel inclined to click the like button after power skimming the title of a post that seems interesting, stop yourself and ask, “If this was my blog… would I want someone to click or would I want someone to comment?”

How do you feel…? Is the one click appreciate good enough? Or is a real conversational interaction worth more than a thumbs up icon?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2010 8:39 pm

    I had to laugh because a friend of mine left a comment about my blog post on my Facebook page, but not on the actual post πŸ™‚ Kinda missed the point πŸ™‚

  2. December 1, 2010 8:43 pm

    That is a tough one. Its nice to know someone read the article, so a comment back is a good thing. BUT if it comes down to nothing at all I would rather have the ‘like’ since it helps in the open graph network, which then allows me to reach even more readers. Plus you don’t know that they didn’t share it out (the new features in page admin on Facebook are addressing that…if you haven’t look at it you should).

    What is really distressing on facebook is when someone gives you a ‘like’ for a comment like ‘my cat died today’…like….NOT.

    Agree/disagree; give me something…a blog post should stimulate conversation. Are you ‘liking’ the fact that I even posted? Like doesn’t tell you enough.

    • December 1, 2010 11:37 pm

      Kathie do you just want to start writing for me? lol Couldn’t agree more… The point in a blog is to stimulate a conversation between the author and the reader. So conversate already!

  3. December 3, 2010 4:00 pm

    Great points. It actually irks me that Facebook lumps likes and comments together when they give an “interaction rate.” A Like is nice — I see it more as, “That made me smile/pause, and I want to express that sentiment.” A comment is, “I have mentally engaged with the content to the point that I’m going to document a reaction.” The latter is somewhere betweens 10 and 100 times as meaningful.

    • December 3, 2010 4:07 pm

      Thanks Tim! I couldn’t agree more with you. I never thought of a Like that way but you nailed it! I appreciate the read and that you understood the subtext of the post and commented. πŸ™‚

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