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Facebook Makes Changes

Facebook Makes Changes

NO MORE EMAIL ON FACEBOOK – In an effort to make Facebook more relevant and easier to use, administrators of the site have implemented two changes within the last 24 hours.  The first is to delete the use of the Facebook email system, the second is to introduce a ‘dislike’ icon.

You may have noticed when you signed up for Facebook that they assigned you a private e-mail for use.  I have never used mine, and honestly never thought to check it until today, when I read that Facebook was doing away with this feature.

Read: Fox8.com

It seems I wasn’t the only one to ignore the extra e-mail box, probably because an established e-mail was needed to sign up for Facebook.  Looking back on it now, it seems like it may have been a nice addition to the site if it could have been used to create a Facebook account.

The problem was that most people have a primary e-mail that they access regularly and adding a secondary account was frivolous and as the administrators at Facebook found out, will obviously get ignored.

Now that the Facebook e-mail is dismantled, any mail will be forwarded to the account you used when you opened your Facebook page.  If you prefer not to have messages forwarded, this feature may be disabled.

What’s the news on the dislike button?  According to the following article, the dislike button has been on the table for several years; not because it was hard to create but because administrators at Facebook were concerned about how it would be used and you know exactly what they mean.

Read: Daily Mail – Facebook Launches Dislike

Cyber bullying has increased dramatically and the behaviour of Facebook users needs to be taken into consideration.  For now, according to the article, the ‘dislike’ is a sticker and only available for use on Facebook messenger; which some refer to as FaceChat.

The big question is whether or not users of Facebook will be responsible with the ‘dislike’ icon.  Granted, it won’t get the same amount of use in messaging as it would if everyone had access to it on posts, but this introduction will give FB an idea on whether it should be included on the news feed.

If and when it is available for use on posts, a good use of the icon and part of its original intent is that it would be used on posts that bring bad news; after all, who wants to ‘like’ sad news.  It can also come in handy to show support on a post that brings awareness of illness, death or loss of job without having to come up with words.

Unfortunately,  there is the likelihood that the ‘dislike’ button is going to get a lot of use once it is available on posts simply due to its convenience; using  it will become a reflex action, a way to say the post is silly, irrelevant, boring or stupid.

On reflex, the icon can be punched without thinking and is sure to be used on posts that otherwise would have been ignored.  For everyone who doesn’t appreciate monkeys in dresses, silly rhymes about friendship and family or posts made by friends offering their religion or pushing products from their home business the icon will get a brisk workout.

Will adding a ‘dislike’ button to posts encourage bullying?   The answer is not clear on bullying but it will create a new sphere of peer pressure.  It is one thing to not have comments or only a few ‘likes’ on a post, but to suddenly be the recipient of multiple ‘dislikes’ can cause a negative reaction and for a young person, if it goes unchecked they will conform to the Facebook society they have created.

Everyone who has a Facebook account creates a society with the friends they allow to have access to their page.  Each person brings their own ideas and will either support you or mock you for yours.

The important thing to remember is that you are the King or Queen of your own page and if someone is cruel, offensive or abusive you have the power and the right to unfriend them, block them or to report them to the Facebook administrators which may result in their being banned from the Facebook kingdom, especially if they are a user who is repeatedly an offence to others.

Facebook is a handy way to stay in touch with friends, promote a business and share your life with others.  With rumours circulating that Facebook could be extinct within the next 5 years, administrators of the site are looking into ways of making it easier, safer and more fun to use.  Will the new icons be part of the answer?

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