Buddy the Elf and I share something in common. He’s in love and I’m in like. To be specific, I’m in like with the Like and Favorite Buttons. Here’s why I don’t care who knows.
I’m a liker both offline and online. For example, I like almost every beer, except Budweiser. I like every pitch thrown by my sons, although umpires disagree with me. I like classic music genres, while currently enjoying contemporary music with my kids. See what I mean? I just tend to like stuff.
On Twitter I’m free to Like. I’ve doled out over 32K Favorites, its version of the Like Button. I stack up Favorites in my Notifications stream. I do so to let those who contact me via my handle know that I have read their tweet. Tweeps tend to enjoy communicating and connecting in a variety of quick ways, to include Favoriting, so the topic of Favoriting isn’t much of a topic at all there. Here’s A Complete Guide To The Art Of Twitter Favorites.
The original Like Button is a bigger topic on Facebook. The Atlantic published this article by Rose Eveleth, The Facebook Experience Without a Like Button which links to two Facebook experiments, I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me, and I Quit Liking Things On Facebook for Two Weeks. Here’s How It Changed My View of Humanity. Eveleth concludes,
The Like button isn’t just about you being able to shout “I like this” into the Facebook void. It’s also about your posts getting Liked, and the external validation that comes from the little red numbers that pool in your toolbar. Without either of those, Powers says, we’ll all have to find more intimate ways to tell each other what we like about them. Which might be a good thing for everybody.
Compared to tweets or Facebook updates, blog posts tend to take more effort to produce and are more intimate in nature. In general, bloggers write in order to be read, not liked. Recently I read, The Allure of the Like Button. After commenting that I was a liker, I was asked, “But the real question is, do you READ what you “like?” 🙂 “. I replied,
Not everything. For example, I have a friend who only sends out photos. He sends out a lot so I like my faves. I read all the poetry, because it is short. The longer a post gets, I may scan. My intention is always to be truthful. When I like, there is something there that I like 🙂
My intention is to be truthful. When scanning my WordPress reader I may like a picture, a title, a first sentence. I may like the blogger and their effort. I avoid limiting myself to having to like an entire post from beginning to end and/or not allowing other factors to contribute to my like, such as a blogger’s kindness and generosity.
My intention is also to engage. I find ways to tell bloggers specifically what I like about them and their blogs beyond likes through views, comments, replies, follows, and other supports. When other bloggers like my post for any reason, I’m grateful. I tend to not speculate about their intentions and assume the best. I assume, to even the tiniest extent, that they are in like, in like, with me and my blog.
Finally, my intention is to be me. As stated earlier, I’m a liker by nature. I’m extroverted and quick with a smile, hug, laugh, and cheer. Not everyone is an extrovert, a smiler, or a hugger. Not everyone has a loud laugh or is a cheering fool, thank goodness. Social media needs everyone as they are, sharing in a way that is format fitting,community building, and personally enriching.
What is your personal take on social media liking? What “style” of liker are you? Do you like receiving likes? What plans and hopes do you have for this week? I’m cheering for you ❤
Like ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc