The ‘like’ button has been the subject of many posts, quite a few making Freshly Pressed. I’m not even going to attempt to match these fantastic , often humorous, examples of blog-writing but I thought I’d put in my two-pennies worth.
Yes, I have ‘liked’ posts without clicking on them. But this is because it was a short quote or just the one photo and there were no more words to the post than what you can see anyway. Even if there are only 10 more words or so, I click on it. Those 10 words might change the entire post (though unlikely). It’s common courtesy.
Is there an option somewhere that makes you ‘like’ every single post automatically without you even having to be logged in?
When I’m browsing posts through topics which ever ones I read and ‘liked’ this person, who I won’t name and shame, was always there before me. At first I just thought they enjoyed the same topics as me, but they never commented.
They now like every one of my posts within two seconds of me publishing. You can’t possibly have read it! You don’t even click on it!
Although this makes me look good as it increases my ‘likes’ on each page, it doesn’t make me happy. I want people to actually read my writing, not just use my blog as a passage way to increase their own popularity.
I did eventually click on the link to this ‘liker’s’ blog page and thought about telling them off, but I chickened out so I’m posting this instead (although they probably won’t read it, but they may ‘like’ it).
I think they should scrap the ‘like’ option that’s on the top right corner of each post on your reading list or topic list so at least people are forced to click onto them. Maybe this will encourage people to read more and you never know, they may enjoy their blogging experience more if they interact.
Just a few (better) posts on the limitations of ‘like’
As for my lovely regular commentors, you are very much appreciated, your insightful comments are the reason I blog and I am very grateful for the links you send (I do check each and every one 🙂 )
Read what you like, and like what you read.