3 Funny Alternatives to the Like Button on Facebook

Facebook Like Button

Thumbs up symbols appear on the social media network called Facebook.
Thumbs up symbols appear on the social media network called Facebook. | Source

The Like Button

If you are on Facebook, you likely click the Like button on a post at least once during your session on the social media network. Deciding to Like a post can be formed by a number of emotions, leading you to wonder if there should be alternatives to the Like button on Facebook. Here are funny suggestions to start the conversation.

How The Button Works

Once the Like button is pressed, it is replaced by a thumbs-up symbol with your user name attached (if users hover over the icon).

The person who posted the content that you choose to Like is notified by a big red "1" at the top of the Facebook menu. That person is emailed as well to notify that you like the post, if that setting is approved on the user profile. The post also reappears on the electronic feed.

Those are a lot of notifications! Well then, this Like business must be a very important concept to consider!

What Can You Like On Facebook?

There is a variety of posts to read and Like, including:

  • Photos
  • Quotes
  • Status Updates
  • Articles

You may press the Like button attached to these items for a variety of reasons. Let's see if some alternatives words than Like would make more sense on Facebook.

A Facebook Alternative

You may Love the Facebook post, rather than Like it.
You may Love the Facebook post, rather than Like it. | Source

Alternatives To The Like Button

Love It

The Love It button could be added to Facebook. The new button would apply to all posted items to which you just cannot resist indicating your positive emotions.

There is a larger degree of connection to the quote or article post than is able to be communicated by the word "like". The swelling of love needs to be shown to the other users on the social media network.

Perhaps a big heart could be the symbol beside this new alternative button.

Hey, I Read It

Another proposal to Facebook is for a Hey, I Read It. Notice Me button. The button would be used when you want to be given a standing ovation for reading or noticing the post. Two other ways to word this button could be, Say Hi To Me and Ask Me About My Day.

These people are likely attention-seekers on many other social media networks as well.

Another Funny For Social Media

Introducing the I Have No Idea What You Are Talking About button on Facebook.
Introducing the I Have No Idea What You Are Talking About button on Facebook. | Source

I Have No Idea

Perhaps you will back this funny alternative to the Like button more. Think about whether you would cast your vote for the I Have No Idea What You Are Talking About button.

The button would be pressed when, after you read the Facebook content, you suffer from the, "I don't understand what I just read" condition.

Symptoms of the social media-based condition include:

  • Headache
  • Nauseous feeling
  • Looking for a dictionary
  • Second browser opened to look for a related link to explain the meaning of the content

I'm Sorry, Thinking Of You

When someone posts a sad status update on Facebook and you are not sure how to respond online, it would be nice to have an alternative other than the Like button.

For example, your co-worker posts that she is sad that her grandpa is sick. You are not sure what to type as you don't know the co-worker very well, yet you still want to show that you care about the sad situation. Hitting Like seems in bad taste. You do not Like that he is sick or that your co-worker is sad about the illness, yet you want to show support.

In such a situation, the I'm Sorry, Thinking Of You button would be a great Facebook alternative. All that you would need to do is to press of the symbol of a sad face attached to the post. You have shown sympathy and do not need to stumble to type fitting words. The co-worker would be appreciative of the tone set by the new button.

Too Much Information

A final alternative to the Facebook Like button is the You Are Revealing Way Too Much Personal Information button.

Reasons to press this funny button include:

  • To notify a person that he or she needs to reveal fewer details on the particular profile
  • To gently suggest to the profile user that removing the posted links would be in his or her best interests
  • To bring a person back to the reality that the social media network is not a private place as the information can be accessed by third parties
  • Serves as a useful alternative to, "Yikes! I really did NOT need to see that!"

The button could be attached to photos of drunken people or to a status update from a female who explains that just got her nipples pierced. Are you so sure you want to share these personal moments with other Facebook users?

Too Much Information: A Funny Facebook Alternative

I do NOT need to see that. Close the blinds when too much info is disclosed on social media.
I do NOT need to see that. Close the blinds when too much info is disclosed on social media. | Source

Funny Alternatives

There are times when the Facebook Like button just doesn't seem to do justice in the situation. A variety of alternative buttons would be nice to have on the social media network.

Perhaps modified buttons will be introduced by Facebook in the near future. I have to admit, that would be a situation worthy of a thumbs up AND a comment from me!

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Chuck, interesting that you think a Dislike button on Facebook could lead to murders. I certainly hope not. The hub is more comical than serious, hence the 'funny' word in the title. Take care


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Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

I do not think that a DISLIKE button would be a good idea since it could result in people getting upset, violent posts and some murders happening. I guess they are following the idea of if you do not have something nice to say, then say nothing. Maybe an LOL icon would be good.

I like funny things. Someone had an article on Gary Johnson for president. It had a poll for who you want as president. It listed Obama, Romney, Johnson and Stein. My article on Johnson for president also had a poll with the same people. But I added to it Paris Hilton! She is the 10th most hated person in the U.S. That should be good for a laugh when people read that.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@LuckyCats, LOL that's an awesome list! BTDT is hilarious! I say we co-author a new list and forward to the FB HQ :)

@Janine, Hehe glad you liked the read. Thanks for all the hublove over my b-day and for taking time to stop by. Appreciate it.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

ChristyWrites, this is hilarious! I have some suggestions, too...because I always find that I wish there were more options ...

here are a few:

"I CAN relate!"(ICR)

"Get over it!"(GOI)

"Been There, Done That" (BTDT)

"BFD" (!)

"I Just Want to be Alone" (IJWA)

"Hate" (H)

"Dislike" (D)

"I'm Thinking About It" (ITAI)

Well, I could go on. There just ARE NOT enough options!

this is a great hub...if I were you; I'd copywrite it and forward to FB.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Happy Birthday Christy...just finally got to read this and really enjoyed it. Loved all your alternatives for the 'like' button on Facebook, especially the too much information button!!! Have voted and shared too.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Kim, let's do it! Now how to make a group invite for the FB CEO... hehe


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

Make a group or page on facebook for your new button movement and I will join in a heartbeat ^_^


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Kim, let's make a plea to Facebook to add the buttons! Maybe HubPages will help us hehe. I am also getting used to the Timeline although it had its glitches at the start.


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

Very funny hub ^_^ I like all the button ideas too... if only facebook would listen. Oh and I do like the timeline. The flow and look of it are nicer imo


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Dana, great comment! Perhaps we could add in an "I think you're a super friend" button and then I could give it to you :)


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

THANK YOU for saying this. FB is constantly changing everything, except that darn button! Why can we only "like" things! There need s to be a "dislike" button. I really love your idea for the "too much information button". Makes perfect sense. I never woulda thought of it.

Way to tap into a common frustration in a fun and creative way!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Josh, you are too kind.

@K9keystrokes, Awe, thank-you for the great comment and happy to have you laughing :)


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

You are welcome Christy, anytime :)


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Hilarious! I love the symptoms of the "I don't understand what I just read" disease! Primarily opening that second browser! I really enjoyed this hub. Thanks for a good chuckle today.

HubHugs~


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Josh, hehe oh that Facebook! I just saw you on there today by the way LOL. Thanks for the supportive comment :)

@TToombs, Let's add some Facebook spices! Nice to see you here and I appreciate the votes too.

@Lisa, Hehe the 'revealing too much' button could get used quite a bit! Nice of your to stop by :)


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Yes TT is absolutley right! Likes are so "last year" LOl

Another great hub Christy! :)


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I love this and I agree...the like button is really getting old and tired. We need a little spice. :) Voted up and more.


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Lisas-thoughts101 4 years ago from Northeast Texas

I too hate when I see someone has clicked "like" when someone posts something that is indicative of sympathy. It just seems so inappropriate. I feel bad for both people. If no other button, I'd like to see that button created. Though the "you are revealing too much" would be nice too :) Great hub! Voted up and useful!

Lisa


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Jane, do you really think the FB head-staff will listen to me hehe. I do hope so! I would love it if they ended up reading this hub and thought, "well yes now here is a good idea...!" Thanks Jane for stopping by to read.


Jane Carroll 4 years ago

So true...I hate to click 'like' when what I really want to say is...I'm sorry...or...I care. Get them to add the buttons...you can do it!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@maggs224, yes more options on Facebook would certainly enhance the user's experience. I'm glad you enjoyed the read!


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

I think that the additions of a sad face and the love it button would greatly enhance the flexibility of Facebook I also think it would be nice if they had a humour button of some description. This was a fun and interesting article


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hi iamaudraleigh, thanks for the praise! I do wish "love it" was an option here on HubPages as well :) Thanks for the share and vote!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

The "Love It" button is a great idea!!! I have to share this hub!!! Voted up!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hehe yes I think I have struck a chort Alecia! Thanks for stopping by to comment and chat, let's hope FB hears us!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

I agree with you! If only we had more options. I hope Zuckerberg is listening to our conversation :) Thanks for your posting of my hub and all your help!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

If I could add a I don't give a care button that'd be awesome. The same goes for Twitter when they sneak those promo tweets in. And don't get me started on the suggestions they place on FB. This hub is definitely enough to start a rant of FB proportions! Great job Christy!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I've suggested to FB many times to have a "dislike" button right next to the "like" for those sad updates. If your co-worker's uncle is sick you could dislike that. For the meantime I just write it as a comment until Mark Zuckerberg listens to my idea:)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks teaches! I'm glad my homour is appreciated, fingers crossed for more buttons to be added soon~


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teaches12345 4 years ago

You have voiced the opinion of many of us Facebook members. It is getting a little old clicking Like for everythng. Yes, Mr. Zuckerbert, you need to keep with the times and update your site. Loved your use of humor in the hub!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you Lee for the wonderful comments. You are so genuine, I like when you come by my space here. I am glad you liked the homour too!


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

Great article Christy. Witty and unique and more than the normal FB complaints. I enjoyed very much. I voted UP all across. Lee


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Nice! Yes that way the posts would be read, well at least that is the hope. Thanks Marc for stopping by to comment and for the creative solution!


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

Another great article, and nice to see your sense of humor come out! I think there should be a time limit for using the Like button, maybe 1 minute - anyone clicking the button prior to the time limit loses clout, and after 10 times they lose their ability to use the Like button - too many people just open sites, click Like and close it!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

People are also turning to Google+ and Twitter for fast exchanges of information. Facebook has competition! Thanks Sooner28 for the visit and comment


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Yes the timeline feature is getting a lot of flack. I hope the kinks get worked out soon.


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GDRshop 4 years ago

i hate timeline too, i just hope they put a DISLIKE button too


Sooner28 4 years ago

I wish Facebook would adopt more buttons. I'm not thrilled with the changes they made with the timeline, and I have a feeling that since they are becoming ever more greedy and trying to stick ads EVERYWHERE, it is only a matter of time before people flock somewhere else.

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