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Jan. 4th, 2017 04:49 pm
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I remember a torrent of angry posts following the introduction of the "Like" button by LJ. People were fuming how shallow it was and how they were way too deep for shit like that and even asked people to never use it on their entries (apparently the "deep shit" they wrote about would be desecrated by it). Whenever I saw an entry like that I had a laugh and immediately liked it. No amount of likes will dumb you down if you are deep.

I also saw people getting upset that it might give their readers a choice of reacting to their posts in a way other than commenting and that they did not want that. Apparently, depriving people of additional functionality to leave them no choice but do what you want and not what they want is OK. I am aware that the psychotic mutual comment extortion has long been a tradition on LJ and I love the completely nuts "I left seven comments on your posts but you left only five comments on mine even though you commented a lot on other people's posts so I am unfriending you!" drama whenever I see it but opposing additional functionality that nobody forces you to use based on this is still strange.

Anyway, can you please like this entry? Especially if you are a stuck up anti-like snob and have never liked anything on LJ (please do it just once, we will keep it a secret). A like under this entry should not be interpreted as you agreeing with or liking the content of the above two paragraphs or me in general, it is just a like and a bit of fun (if you are "likephobic" you can even view it as a protest like and an attempt to defeat it by stripping it of its meaning). I also assure you that even though Putin is now likely to see that you liked this, you will still be OK even if you are an LGBTQ+ person in a red state.

Date: 2017-01-04 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't remember how I felt about it when I first learned about the ability, except I probably didn't feel strongly one way or another. I have found it useful subsequently when, for example, I'm enjoying photos in, say, a Russian entry, but don't want to bother using google translate to write a response.

Date: 2017-01-04 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I often find it useful too. But if one doesn't it is easy to just not use it.
Edited Date: 2017-01-04 04:25 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-01-04 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm liking AND commenting - DOUBLE POINTS FOR ME! :D

Date: 2017-01-04 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes. So far the comments are still beating the likes 7:4.

Date: 2017-01-04 03:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ironymaiden

I would, but the mobile client doesn't support it :P

Date: 2017-01-04 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nice way of getting out of it ).

Date: 2017-01-04 03:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i dont have that button.

Date: 2017-01-04 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am beginning to realise how deeply anti-like my circle of friends on LJ is.

Date: 2017-01-04 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Luckily, the LJ style system I use doesn't support the "like" feature ... so I can neither see the likes or add one myself. :)

Date: 2017-01-04 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
A life sheltered from both liking and being liked is a rare phenomenon these days and must be treasured ).

Date: 2017-01-04 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
... no matter how much it may disturb Mark Zuckerberg. ;-p

Date: 2017-01-04 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Hm LJ mobile app does not have the "like" heart thingie that shows up on the regular pc browser thing.  (As you can probably tell I'm not thatcomputer literate)  Since I'm on the LJ mobile app and too lazy to click on the Google Chrome browser app to access LJ I'll just do this: "like"  while realizing it probably took more work to type all this then to just click on the Google Chrome app go to LJ log in and click the heart on this Ha! 


Date: 2017-01-04 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This means that you are still subconsciously likephobic ).

Date: 2017-01-04 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Ha!  Probably.  Maybe the hours I spend "liking" things in my Facebook has had an adverse effect on my subconscious.


Date: 2017-01-04 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, Putin still saw that and you are not safe anymore.
So far the comments are beating the likes 7:4, it is amazing how deep and anti-like my friends are ).
Edited Date: 2017-01-04 04:25 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-01-04 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I do like you but I can't "like" you cause I use the old style of LJ. I never see any "likes" - it might be nice to see them but I don't want to lose my old style.

Date: 2017-01-04 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, and I liked quite a number of your posts unaware that you could not see the likes. I will have to switch to leaving my likes in the comments from now on.

Date: 2017-01-04 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awww! Now I feel good - I have hidden likes somewhere.

Date: 2017-01-04 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
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Date: 2017-01-04 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would "like" this entry except I use some ancient iteration of the graphic interface that doesn't show any "like" buttons!

I'd change over to a more updated interface just so I could revel in that warm like-itude, but I'm too much of a Luddite to figure out how!

Yeah, I feel compelled to answer every comment I receive on my LJ. Just seems polite, you know?

Date: 2017-01-04 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I also respond to the comments I receive, I was talking about requiring the people whose entries you commented on to leave the same amount of comments on your entries in return.

Date: 2017-01-04 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That was me above, I got logged out and didn't notice it.

Date: 2017-01-04 06:49 pm (UTC)
ext_189645: (Car)
From: [identity profile]
I have liked the post, but feel compelled to add that my grandmother would not have liked it, because of the yellowness. She had very stern views on things being yellow. Fortunately for you, she died long before the internet age and therefore will not be here to scorn you in the comments for showing her a yellow thing.

Date: 2017-01-04 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, you grandmother would have hated me, I am often told that I have yellow hair (not quite as saturated as the yellow above though). And I guess jaundice was your grandmother's worst nightmare, I hope she never had it.

Date: 2017-01-04 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Go on then its been a magic roundabout day..i wonder what Zedadee would make of it all perhaps he is the real Putin....

Date: 2017-01-04 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Each of us could have been hacked by Putin and many of us could be nothing but Putin's avatars by now. Trust no one.

Date: 2017-01-05 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I personally prefer commenting but that's because I've used Livejournal before "liking" was ever even cool on social media. :) Sometimes I forget now that Livejournal has a like option.

Date: 2017-01-05 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They are not mutually exclusive. I find "Like" useful for some posts, like those with pictures for example.

Date: 2017-01-05 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, I wasn't putting the two together but I do understand the usefulness of it if I do come across your example. Just sharing a thought as a matter of preference for me. Regardless, I don't mind if people "like" my post and not comment. Not a big deal for me personally.

Date: 2017-01-05 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I do not get imposing how my readers should read and react to my posts in principle. I want everyone to do want they feel like, comment a lot, never comment at all, like, not like, read some posts, skip some, whatever works for whoever is reading. Bossing around one's readers has always seemed like a strange idea to me.

Date: 2017-01-05 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Making a requirement on how people interact truly is something else. I remember the first day this like feature came out too.

Personally, I am just glad people come across my entries HAHA!

Date: 2017-01-05 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have the old style layout so no access to fun emoji buttons :(

BUT, I can repeatedly post "like"! likelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelike!

Date: 2017-01-05 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is the best way. I like it a lot, it is so old school and a tad bonkers just like I like it.

Date: 2017-01-05 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I could see the little heart in my friends page (old style) but clicking on it did NOTHING.

I had to open your post in a new tab to get a clickable heart :)

Lucky number 13!

Date: 2017-01-05 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And I appreciate the effort ).

Date: 2017-01-05 04:10 am (UTC)
subbes: A line-drawing of a jar labelled "Brand's Essence of Chicken" (self in red)
From: [personal profile] subbes
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ the style i use doesn't include the Like functionality so i cannot interact with it

Date: 2017-01-05 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What a non-inclusive and likephobic style you use.

Date: 2017-01-05 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I didn't even know it existed, and still haven't figured out how to do so on this entry. But I like it!

Date: 2017-01-05 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you, I will count this as a like. I now see why people get obsessed with getting likes online, it is addictive .

Date: 2017-01-05 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'll echo your initial summary of the opposition, though: likes are shallow engagement.

Date: 2017-01-05 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That can be OK if this is what one is after, just some light interaction. And shallow engagement can be appropriate for shallow posts.

Date: 2017-01-05 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think that's why there was fierce rejection of it: people still on LJ rather than FB differentiate themselves by feeling Righteously Indignant about the depth of their posts.
Different places for different engagement styles, I guess.

Date: 2017-01-05 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The use of Like is not mandatory though so if everyone here is so deep then it can just remain unused and no need to be threatened by it.

Date: 2017-01-05 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't have a "Like" button in the style I'm using but I like your post.

Date: 2017-01-05 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you, I think I am getting addicted to getting likes online.

Date: 2017-01-05 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love you.

Date: 2017-01-05 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It feels so nice to get more than you asked for. I asked for a like and got love no less.


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