How Too Many Facebook Likes Hurts Your Online Reputation

Pressing the Facebook Like button too many time hurts your online reputation.
Pressing the Facebook Like button too many time hurts your online reputation. | Source

Facebook Likes

Facebook is popular. No, I mean really popular.

The social media network is a place to socialize, read articles, and view photos and videos. Users show their preference for content they enjoy by pressing the Like button. If you press the button too many times, however, your online reputation could suffer.

Many of the platform's users identify a Like easily. The picture of a thumbs-up image in blue represents a Like and indicates thoughts such as, "Hey, I like this quote" and "I want to show other people that I enjoy it."

Your online actions affect how online users see you.
Your online actions affect how online users see you. | Source

Your Online Reputation

You may have heard the phrase, "too much of a good thing." Does this apply to the Facebook Like? What happens if you press that magical thumb every time you read an article on the network?

What happens if you gave a Like to every photo that each of your friends post on their profiles?

First, that would be a lot electronic thumbs streaming through the social media world. Another results is your online reputation suffers, based on the following logic.

In response to pressing the Like button, your own profile on the network fills with lines about how you like salt, the photo of your friend's cat, and an article about dirt too. All within five minutes. Either you have many interests or you are simply pressing the Like button for the sake of taking part in activities of your friends.

Think about how people connected to you on the social network view your profile there. By pressing Like to so many items rather than being fussy about what you choose, you are doing yourself a disservice. Your friends will soon lose interest in your activities. "Oh that's just another Like from Christy", they may say to themselves or to each other.

When there is an abundance of one thing, it no longer seems so special. You become overlooked and ordinary. Your typed comments attached to the thumb may head down that same path. Your online reputation suffers and so do you, as your content is no longer read or shared as often.

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Be Picky: Value Your Reputation

Do not worry, you are still able to Like content that interests you and maintain a positive online presence. The key is to be selective about the content, as you value your reputation.

Being selective generates the interest of people with whom you are connected. Your connections will learn about you based on what you truly Like. They will also feel more special when you decide to click the magical thumb for some of the content they have posted as you do so sparingly.

Your reputation will no longer be as the one who hits the electronic thumb for everything in sight. Instead, other users see you as knowledgeable and as having specific interests. Well, I suppose that depends on what you truly enjoy... but that is a topic for a separate article!

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What do you normally "like" on Facebook?

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Comments about Facebook and Your Reputation 60 comments

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Robert Sacchi 2 months ago

Thank you. I appreciate the warning.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Sabrina, you are right. It's just so easy to hit the Like button... good for you. I wish there was an easier way to "un-like"...


Sabrina 4 years ago

I was just appalled when I discovered I had more than 2000 "likes" on my page. Makes me look shallow as all get out, so I'm down to under 850...and trying to whittle my way down to less than 50 if at all possible. So easy to get carried away...


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Gamerelated, I like your line 'not all likes are created equal'. Yes we have our false likes, our likes for people we want to like us... LOL. Glad your spam filter is turned on :)

@daisy, Thanks for stopping by to "like" :)


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Gamerelated 4 years ago from California

Hi ChristyWrites, I like your Hub. It is very interesting and it is true. If you like everything your friends will soon notice that you are liking everything. Inside our brains we have our own spam filter. My internal spam filter is on lock down mode and I am good at ignoring people that are self-promoting or promoting products too much.

I bet Facebook has an internal algorithm for likes very similar to how Google values backlinks. If they don't have one then they should. Not all likes are created equal.


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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

Great interesting hub, i don't tend to like lots of things anyway. But i can see how it could be a problem if you went overboard!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@seotechnology, you are welcome. Glad to share what I learn.


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seotechnology 4 years ago from India

Hi,

This is something new I have learnt today. Thanks for offering a good tip.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Mei, good for you, you take time to decide what you press the 'like' button for. I do hope I get a "like" out of you for this hub heehee! Thanks for stopping by and for the smiles.

@dwachira, Blindly liking can be harmful in the ways I explain. Glad to hear you find the hub useful for you.


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Mei Eden 4 years ago from Houston, TX

Thanks Christy! This is an interesting take on the facebook "Like" button. I agree somewhat though. The facebook "Like" has become so overdone (also because many people do it merely to cash in on free offers and not because they truly like something). Then again, I am someone who is extremely stingy with my likes. =p


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

I like your concept here, that clicking of "like" blindly won't help. Thanks for sharing.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Isadora, you know your profile and network best to judge what Facebook actions work for you. Keep smiling :)


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

Oh no, my reputation must be completely totally damaged at this point. What to do what do to? Keep going as usual, I guess ;) One thing I don't do is liking the commercial sites/artists/businesses/etc. But with my friends, like away! :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@SweetiePie, thanks for bringing your perspective to the table. Absolutely, likes are placed when a large number of people like a piece, such as a popular website like TMZ. Thanks for sharing and taking time to read.

@Barbergirl, Awe! Be your genuine self and then your likes are indeed quality ones. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

@Victoria Lynn, I completely understand what you mean about how the profile starts to look with all of the likes. Thank-you for your kind words and share too!

@Rajan Jolly, I am happy to hear you enjoy the hub. Thank-you for taking time to read and share it, I appreciate that my friend!


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

In a way you have to surge above and beyond reputation. People place so much importance on so called reputation, but I usually am drawn to things and people who I like, and it has nothing to do with so called reputation. Something about reputation is the social butterfly concept in the online and offline world, and sometimes you just have to read and write for yourself. With that being said a lot of major sites are doing just fine with a large number of likes, and no one is overlooking articles written by Yahoo Shine or TMZ.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Cute hub. I have found that on Facebook I sometimes find myself excessively liking stuff from one person. Maybe I should start spreading the love more!:)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

What a great idea for a hub. Interesting topic. I've become pickier about "liking" things on Facebook--sometimes status updates, or photos....I've stopped liking random things like a particular restaurant or singer or whatever, because then on my page about me it looks like those are my favorites when they're really not. I just happened to see them! Glad you wrote this. Very insightful. Sharing it!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

I entirely agree Christy. I see some people just hitting the like button on each and every page. Your hub describes well the harm in doing so.

Voted up, useful and interesting. Shared so more can read and benefit.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@onlinereputations, thanks for the information and the comment!


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onlinereputations 4 years ago from Dumaguete City

I only find Facebook useful for one thing and that is using a link in my network. I using post to Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook when I make a comment.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Suhail, You have reminded me now that yes I have also pressed the 'like' button to end a conversation on Facebook. Funny how that is interpreted without saying the actual word 'good-bye'. Great observation. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.


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Suhail and my dog 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

There are two types of 'like' on the FB. One is the page 'Like'. You like a page, e.g. 'Iditarod Dogsled race' and that gets added to the list of your 'likes' or 'subscriptions' if you will, and any activity there will show up on your wall. I don't have any problems with respect to this kind of 'Like'.

The second type is 'liking' each comment or picture posted by others. I have a problem here. I was beginning to hate specific people pressing 'like' to everything posted on the wall. Now your article informed me why I was disliking that tendency. On another count, I need to be careful myself of getting into the trap of over 'like'.

Add to the above, the aspect of pressing a'like' as a friendly and an indirect way of saying lets put an end to this exchange of comments.

Awesome hub. I 'like' it.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

You are welcome!


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Cymbelline 4 years ago from Cebu City, Philippines

So true. Thank you again, Christy for your insight! :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Good point Cymbelline. Facebook likes are still important as they indicate reads of an article and which contacts are actively engaged within your social network. It will be interesting to see how Facebook evolves and if the 'like' button gets changed in future modifications.


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Cymbelline 4 years ago from Cebu City, Philippines

Hello! I work in Social Media and I wanted to know your outlook on the Facebook Like for Facebook Pages :) Do you think, given that people may have abused the Facebook Like.. is it still feasible for companies to rely on this as a step for online credibility among its peers? Good hub by the way :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

I have noticed that same issue DaryIn. I sometimes want a remark aside from a like for my FB posts, so that the reader can tell me exactly what he or she "liked"!


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DarylnCochrane 4 years ago from New York, NY

That's all so true Christy. Also, what irks me the most about the "like" feature of Facebook is that it can be so very impersonal. Someonr writes a post regarding the death of a family member and how they are feeling - another hits the like button - really? Do they really "like" that this person may be terribly upset, sad, etc.? I'm just saying. . .


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you Keri!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you for the read and share. Glad to hear you found the information here helpful.


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Keri Summers 4 years ago from West of England

Good subject for a Hub.


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winbo 4 years ago

people should read it.. Useful hub.. Voted up and shared


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Ausis, what a nice game of tag! I'll see you and then tag you next. Nice of you to think highly of my hub. Hope your experience with Facebook has gotten better for you.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Yes people often wonder how Facebook is making money and now you offer an idea about that! You offer good arguments here johnfsurf, thank-you.


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ausis 4 years ago from Australia

Man I wish I knew or thought of this a back in 2008 when I started on FB I liked everything just about and ended up with 5000 requests a day to which I could only respond to 30 or so. You must be pretty smart to have thought of that Christy. BTW great HUB

Anyway I better go sort out dinner now.

PS

TAG you're it

I think


johnfsurf 4 years ago

I got off Facebook 3 months ago best thing I ever did. If you did the same then you wouldn't have to worry about pointless things like how many times your liked something on Facebook.

Do you know Facebook makes money off your "likes". Every time you go on Facebook your making them money.

Just think about it. Its Facebook using you not you using Facebook in the end.

http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/you-...


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hi Adrienne, yes "liking" apparently adds related advertisements. Sneaky, eh?! Thanks for your comment and taking time to read.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hi Katrina, Thanks for stopping by! Glad you liked the hub :)


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AdrienneZMilligan 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Christy,

I, too, used to "like" everything. I am trying to limit my "likes" as I have noticed the ads popping up more and more.

Lately, I haven't been on Facebook as much as I used too. That also helps. :-)

Great hub!

~Adrienne


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katrinasui 4 years ago

Christy, This is a wonderful hub and i really enjoyed reading it. I agree with the points you mentioned here. keep writing:)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks for stopping by to read my article. Your comments are helpful, receiving ads on my Facebook page is not something I welcome!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I try to limit my "likes" to items I apply meaning or agree with and/or helpful votes. When you check a like it also generates marketing cookies that place ads on your facebook or emails. Yet another reason so be careful on what you like on facebook, youtube, websites, etc., you never know what is going to pop up on your page. Good article.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you for the support, and nice to see you here! Glad you liked the read as I am a fan of your articles, that means a lot to me.


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Dr Kavita Shaikh 4 years ago from MUSCAT

Christy,I am thankfully not so much 'into' Facebook and use it just for professional purposes. But I know what you mean by countless likes by Facebookers. Seen such stuff on many profiles. I hope you have shared this hub on your FB wall (much needed there) Great hub, rated it up.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hi prism3X thanks for stopping by! Glad to share new info with you :)


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prism3x 4 years ago

Interesting post on "liking" gives me something to think about! Thanks for sharing.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Yes we need a "love" button to show when we have extreme "like" for a particular piece of online content. Thanks for the positive words Tracy!


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Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

You are off to a superb start! So glad you are sharing your writing talent on HubPages. I think Facebook has taken words like 'friend' and 'like' and changed what they mean at least in a cyber sense. I just wonder why there is no 'love' button. Voted up!

Tracy


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Yes and they don't even always read the posts that they 'like'! Relates to my latest post http://poeticparfait.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/what...

And yes I will remain close to WordPress - I hear we're sharing that friend :)


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Marc Babineau 4 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

And WordPress loses a great writer... welcome to HubPages! A great, timely post! Too many people just look at blogs, press Like and move on, without thinking of what that Like button actually does.

Great work, Christy!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Wesman, I understand what you mean. "Like" can often be quicker than leaving a comment and can indicate you read something that was posted. Thanks for stopping by my page!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hi poshcoffeeco, thanks again for all your help. You kicked my butt into gear! Chat soon :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks AJ for the compliments! Yes people don't need to 'like' everything in sight :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hi anjperez, thanks for stopping by my first hub. I understand what you mean about restricting views. Yes I believe that 'liking' something attaches you to the page. Have a great day!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Haha I like your comment JS. You are quite right that a lot of "likes" create a lot of traffic on your electronic feed. I could deal with seeing donuts every day however :) Mmm Dunkin Donuts! Thanks for stopping by to comment.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Well that's one way to look at it, but when you are like me and spend the majority of your waking hours online for one reason or another - you often hit "like" to tell people, "hey, I saw that. I'm here."


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Hi Christy, great first hub and look forward to many more. I don't like everything but had never given it much thought until reading your article. I will be careful what I like in future.

vote up and interesting

Let's speak soon.


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AJ Langley 4 years ago

Great Hub and very true. Thanks for sharing and reminding people to use their "likes" for important stuff! Voted up :)


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anjperez 4 years ago

i am very careful with what i share and "like" on facebook. in fact, timeline and status updates in my profile are very restricted. even liking something, i am very careful because even if i restrict the vies on my profile, the profile of the other person might not be configured the same way. but here in HubHoppers, if i do not put a comment on the hub and i put their, i "like" it, that means, i have opened and read it.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I remember "liking" a ton of things on Facebook that I really did like in real life. What happened was things such as "Dunkin Donuts" and other things I liked kept posting on my wall. It got so bad that I stopped liking all these things just to get some order on my wall! You make some good points here. I don't want to be known as someone who likes everything! I have become more picky in my likes and I usually only like things that are close to home or great articles I have read and want to share. For the record, I will like this article on Facebook! Great first Hub! Welcome to HubPages!

JSMatthew~

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