Matt Birchler: ‘I’m Once Again Defending Like Buttons’

Matt Birchler, writing for his excellent blog:

I think of likes on social media kind of like non-verbal responses in the real world. When I say something clever and someone around me smiles, they don’t have to think of something thoughtful to say as a response, I know they liked what I said, and that makes me happy.

I started out opposed to what Matt was saying here. Ever since moving to for my social media needs — another place where comments are the only form of interaction possible — I’ve felt my desire for likes and other quick reactions ebb.

But this last paragraph gave me pause. Is there a void left without a non-verbal response” option on the internet?

Make sure to read Matt’s whole thought-provoking piece on Birchtree.


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